On Christmas Eve a huge redwood tree fell and killed a man who visited the Muir Woods National Memorial Park in California.
28-year-old Subhradeep Dutta of Edina, Minnesota, died walking on a marked dirt road with two other people in a park north of San Francisco, famous for its growing trees.
Dutta was clipped to a 61-foot (61-meter) tree trunk and declared dead on the spot. The trunk measured on average more than 4 feet (1.22 meters).
A woman injured by falling debris was taken to the hospital for treatment. Man with group escaped injury.
The tree has fallen after several winter storms over the past two weeks.
“This is a very rare and rare event that may have occurred due to wet soil from recent winter storms, around the roots of a tree,” said an e-mail spokesman for Charles Strickfaden.
“The National Park Service extends its thoughts and prayers to all parties involved,” he wrote.
Every year nearly a million visitors visit the park. It remained open on Thursdays and only those fragments that came from a fallen tree were closed to the public.