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Naperville Teen Killed by Falling Tree Limb

"Tragic, freak accident" in Will County forest preserve



    Naperville Teen Killed by Falling Tree Limb
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    The boy was killed by a falling tree branch.

    A 16-year old Naperville boy died Monday after a 2,000 pound tree limb landed on him and another teenager.

    Kyle Zuleg was a junior at Neuqua Valley High School. He was playing a game of flashlight tag with a 13-year old boy in Messenger Woods in Will County around 8 p.m. Saturday night when the limb split and fell about 40 feet to the ground. Both boys were pinned under the tree when emergency officials arrived. They were taken to a Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, but later transferred, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    "It was such a tragic, freak accident," said Marcy DeMauro, executive director of the Will County Forest Preserve District to the Chicago Tribune.

    Zuleg died from his injuries Monday. A family friend told the Chicago Tribune his organs will be donated.

    The 13-year old remains in the hospital. He is expected to recover.

    Both boys were with a group of families on an annual camping trip in Messenger Woods when the accident happened.

    Earlier this year a tree branch fell on a car on the northwest side, nearly killing the driver.