Woman dies af­ter tree falls on wed­ding party in Cal­i­for­nia

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WHITTIER, Cal­i­for­nia: A woman was killed and five oth­ers were in­jured when a large eu­ca­lyp­tus tree fell on a wed­ding party tak­ing pho­to­graphs at a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia park Satur­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

Sev­eral peo­ple were trapped un­der the tree at Whittier’s Penn Park, the Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment said. Video from the scene showed fire crews us­ing chain saws to cut through the downed branches.

Four of the in­jured suf­fered scrapes and bruises, of­fi­cials said. A 4-year-old girl was listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion due to head trauma, the Los An­ge­les Times re­ported. Wit­nesses de­scribed hear­ing a loud crack and see­ing peo­ple run from the area.

The tree could have been weak­ened by Cal­i­for­nia’s on­go­ing drought and re­cent heavy rain could have con­trib­uted to its fall, of­fi­cials said. An ar­borist will as­sess the area on Sun­day, of­fi­cials said. No other de­tails were im­me­di­ately avail­able.

—AP

WHITTIER, Cal­i­for­nia: Los An­ge­les County Fire Dept. fire­fight­ers work at the scene where a large tree fell on a wed­ding party on Satur­day.

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