New Hampshire man dies in freak hammock accident while on hike

New Hampshire man dies in freak hammock accident while on hike


A New Hampshire man was killed in a freak accident when he tied his hammock to a tree — only to have it fall and crush him to death as he was lounging in the wilderness, authorities said.

Edward Murphy, 50, had tied the hammock at a tent site near the Wild River Trail in Bean’s Purchase – but it soon crashed down, the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game said in a press release.

“There was no evidence of foul play and all indications point to this being a tragic accident,” the release said.

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A search team found Murphy’s body Thursday after he’d gone missing while on a multi-day hike. The Sandown resident was due home Wednesday, the release said.

Fish and Game officers and a National Guard helicopter took part in the search, according to the release.

The dead spruce tree that fell on Murphy apparently had at least a 1-foot diameter, The Concord Monitor reported.

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