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Tupelo leaders seek extra review after little leaguer's death

Lane Rodgers (Source: WTVA) Lane Rodgers (Source: WTVA)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Leaders in Tupelo, Mississippi are racking their brains for ways to keep little leaguers safe.

Earlier in June, Lane Rodgers, 10, died while waiting out a storm with his teammates.

The players were huddled under a tree during a storm. One of the tree's branches snapped and fell on Rodgers' head.

"The appearance of the limb is really all you have to go on," Andy Loden, a facilities director in Saltillo, Mississippi said. "You just try to do your best [to make sure] that everything is structurally sound on the tree."

Workers like Loden inspect trees near the parks throughout the year. If they find any weak limbs they will chop them down in an effort to make the area as safe as possible.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said he is reaching out to the state's Forestry Commission in an effort to get the group to perform an extra review.

Shelton hopes that extra review will help make sure people are doing everything possible to keep ball players and fans safe while at the park.

Lane Rodgers' friends and family created a Facebook page to track the teams playing the rest of this season in Rodgers' honor.

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