Four Dead, 48 Injured as Tornado Hits Boy Scout Camp

BLENCOE, Iowa (AP) - Boy Scouts and their leaders at a western Iowa scout ranch had little or no warning before a twister struck last night, killing four people and injuring 48 others.

Some of the scouts were out on a hike while others huddled, frightened, in a shelter as the twister destroyed the camp, flattening buildings and tents.

Rescue workers cut their way through downed branches and dug through debris in the rain and lightning to reach the camp.

Ninety-three scouts, ages 13 to 18, and 25 staff members were attending a weeklong leadership training camp. One scout says he saw another boy with his head split open, describing it as "a pretty gruesome image."

At least 42 people remain hospitalized this morning.

Iowa rescue officials say all the scouts and staffers have been accounted for. They've been continuing a search in case there was anyone else on the 1,800-acre ranch north of Omaha.

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