A woman, 21, was killed in Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome village on Sunday when a tree fell on her. The woman’s name has not yet been released. Scott Gediman, a spokesman for the park said, in an interview with Sacramento television station KCRA, the tree fell on the woman at around 11 a.m.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Gediman said the area in which the woman died used to be called Curry Village. Further information about the deceased woman has not been released, pending notification of her next of kin.
A storm that swept through Northern California “dumped hail” on the region. On Sunday, there were scattered showers forecast in the part of the California where Yosemite National Park is located.
According to The Mercury News, Geduman said rangers the village was closed and visitors were instructed to leave following the accident. Weather conditions improved by Sunday afternoon, and park rangers reopened the village later in the day, according to CBS News.
Other areas of Yosemite National Park that were closed because of poor weather conditions were Camp 4 and Upper Pines. Those areas are expected to reopen on Monday. CBS affiliate KGPE reported that there was a risk of falling trees in those areas because of high winds and heavy snowfall.
At least two other people were killed by falling trees in California in December and January. In December, a woman in Southern California was killed and five other people in a wedding party, who were posing for photos, were injured when a eucalyptus tree fell. Mercury News reported that, in January, while walking on a golf course in Northern California, a woman was killed after a tree struck her.
On Sunday, at Half Dome Village in Northern California’s Yosemite National Park, a woman, 21, was killed when a tree fell on her. The area has been experiencing a winter storm, which caused park rangers to close Half Dome village and other parts of the park on Sunday.
Written By John Samuels
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