The Colombière Forest Park has closed its doors following the extremely rare accident that occurred on Monday afternoon. Part of a tree came loose and fell on hikers who rented a rosalie – a small pedal cart – to tour the park.
An 81-year-old woman was killed instantly and two other people were injured when a large tree branch fell on a recreational vehicle in a public park in Dijon on Monday afternoon, we learned from confirmatory sources.
The 3,500 trees in the park are regularly inspected
In addition to the 81-year-old woman, a 78-year-old woman and a 7-year-old child who were also in the small vehicle were taken in by the fire service in a relative emergency. A 20-year-old young woman who attended the scene is shocked and four other people are “involved” according to the prefecture of Bourgogne Franche-Comté.
“For some inexplicable reason, an ash branch about fifteen meters high fell on a rosalie,” said Franck Rigolle, the director-general of the technical services of the metropolis of Dijon. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. on this 30-acre municipal space south of the city. “The 3,500 trees in the park are regularly examined,” explains Mr Rigolle, who has noted heavy rainfall in the Burgundian capital in recent days, but no wind.
According to the newspaper le Bien Public, significant resources were mobilized by Sdis 21. Three ambulances, a vehicle and a commando unit and a van were deployed. The SAMU also disconnected a vehicle on site. The national police and the municipal police were also present.
The park was quickly cleared and a medical-psychological unit was established.