Two young sisters killed in freak hammock tragedy

Two sisters have died after a brick pillar collapsed on them while they were sitting in a hammock.

The girls, aged 12 and 14, residents of Cleveland Heights, in the US state of Ohio, were sitting in a hammock tied to a tree and a brick pillar when the pillar collapsed on them on Sunday night (local time), police said.

Officers freed the girls, who were taken to a hospital, where they later died of their injuries.

The sisters were identified by US news outlet Fox 8 as Scout Scaravilli and her younger sister, Chasey.

Scout Scaravilli, 14, and her 12-year-old sister, Chasey, were fatally struck by bricks while lying in a hammock. Source: The Hathaway School via Fox 8

Both were students at the Hathaway Brown School.

Head of school Fran Bisselle said in a statement “the entire HB community is saddened by the loss of the Scaravilli sisters”.

“They will be greatly missed by so many friends, classmates, and teachers,” she said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are dedicated to their family.”

with The Associated Press

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