1 Dead, 5 Injured After Tree Falls on Wedding Party in Whittier, California

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 17, 2016 Updated: December 17, 2016

At least one person is dead and five were injured when a tree fell on a wedding party in Whittier, Calif., on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that the tree fell on the party on Saturday afternoon at Penn Park in the Southern California city.

Most of the injuries were described as minor, with one being “moderate,” ABC reported.

Witnesses told KTLA-TV that the party was taking photos when the tree came down. Another said the tree split in half and landed on several people.

ABC reported that officials indicated there were no indications that the trees nearby were vulnerable to falling down. They, however, said a weakness in the eucalyptus tree could be connected to the drought that’s affected California.

FOX8 reported that fire officials sent at least six ambulances to the scene, and fire crews are still at the scene of the incident.

Further details were not immediately available.