What should have been one of the happiest days in a young couple’s lives, turned into a horrific scene that resulted in injury and death.

On Saturday, a young couple were having their wedding day photos taken with their bridal party at the base of a large eucalyptus tree in Whittier’s Penn Park. For reasons, still unknown at this time, the 100-foot tree they were under, uprooted and toppled on the group gathered beneath. The result of the freak accident was the death of one woman and injury of five others, including a 4-year-old girl.

The woman killed in the accident is reported to be the mother of the bride and the injured 4-year-old who was hospitalized in critical condition was the bride’s niece.

At this time, Penn Park remains closed as investigations by arborists into the cause of the accident continue. the park will reopen once it is deemed safe to return to the park.

In a statement by Whittier City Manager, Jeff Collier, the city does conduct regular tree-maintenance, “We have a regular tree-maintenance program. We have a certified arborist on our staff that are managing our parks and our street trees, but at this point, we want to make sure we determine what caused this tree to go over.”

Safety in Parks – Who is Responsible

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