An incredibly sad story from western Iowa, involving a young girl who was enjoying a swing at her home when she was struck and killed when a branch fell.

The girl from Sioux Center in extreme northwest Iowa was in a swing hanging from a tree limb in her yard when the branch gave way at approximately 11:40 a.m. Tuesday morning. The branch landed on the girl who was rushed to Sioux Center Health, but she did not survive. Her name has not been released.

Sioux Center Police Chief Mike Halma told NWestIowa,

It was a good-sized branch. You look at and you don’t think this is one that would break. But you can’t see the inside of it, and apparently, there (was) some weakened spot in there that broke. Again, very unfortunate.

Give your kids some extra hugs and kisses over the 4th of July holiday because you never know. You just never know.