by Max Brantley
A woman was killed about 1 p.m. Friday while picnicking at the Scott Pumpkin Patch, a visitor attraction on Craig Road in Scott in eastern Pulaski County.
Lt. Carl Minden of the Pulaski sheriff's office said three adults were sitting at a picnic table beneath a large tree, possibly an oak. He said the tree is about 100 feet tall. A strong gust of wind broke a large branch from the tree. The branch, perhaps 30 feet long, fell about 60 feet and landed directly on the table. It killed the woman almost instantly, he said. An adult male was injured and taken to a hospital, but Minden said he didn't believe the injuries to be serious. A third adult suffered minor scrapes.
The pumpkin patch opens three days a week with mazes, hayrides, pumpkin sales and other farm entertainment such as pig races.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Katherine Copeland, 44, of Alexander.
The sheriff's report said Chris Miller had a shoulder injury and neck pain, but no major injury. They were part of a group on an outing from the Friendship Community Center in Benton, which serves special needs people.