Judge Finds for New Hampshire Campground in Storm Suit

July 2, 2009

A federal judge ruled that a New Hampshire campground wasn’t negligent during a 2004 storm that downed trees, injuring a couple trapped in their trailer by a pine tree.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Muirhead ruled in favor of the Wakeda Campground in Hampton Falls, saying that Kevin and Paula Grant of Newbury, Vt., didn’t prove the owners breached their duty to keep the property safe.

Kevin Grant suffered a fractured leg and the left side of Paula Grant’s body was crushed and her leg was punctured.

They claimed the owners failed to monitor weather reports, warn them about the storm and evacuate them. Neither side had heard any weather advisories and were surprised by the storm.

Muirhead said no state law imposes such a duty on campgrounds.

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