(Crawfordsville) Journal Review

CRAWFORDSVILL — A spectator at the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Ironman race died Sunday afternoon after a tree fell on her.

Chief deputy Ryan Needham of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Catherine B. Cook, 44, of Veedersburg sustained injuries to her head when a tree toppled over around 4:30 p.m. at the raceway south of Crawfordsville.

Cook and other family members were watching her son race through a stretch of trails that run through a portion of woods off the main track when the incident occurred.

“She and her husband and their son were one of our racing families,” race director Tim Cotter said. “Her son was racing and mom and dad were cheering him on. She and her husband were walking in the woods when the tree fell. All of us at GNCC are terribly saddened. At GNCC racing, we care a great deal about each other. We’re all family.”

The area was under a wind advisory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service warned that west winds would reach 25-35 mph, with gusts of 45 mph possible.