Two individuals have been killed when a redwood tree fell on their automotive as they drove alongside a forested freeway in Northern California.
The accident passed off about 11:45 a.m. on March 25 alongside Freeway 199 close to Walker Highway within the space of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Del Norte County, mentioned Brandy Gonzalez, a spokesperson for the California Freeway Patrol in Crescent Metropolis.
The tree, estimated to be 175 ft tall, fell on high of the couple’s 2016 Honda Accord, crushing the passenger compartment, Gonzalez mentioned. The driving force, a 36-year-old man, and passenger, a 45-year-old girl, have been killed immediately, she mentioned.
“Actually, I’ve been within the division for 19 years, and that is the primary incident I’ve seen like this,” Gonzalez mentioned.
Whereas timber fall throughout storms and windy days, they don’t normally land on autos, she mentioned. Authorities aren’t positive what triggered the tree to fall.
“The perfect rationalization is Mom Nature,” Gonzalez mentioned. “We dwell in an space the place our highways are mainly lined with redwoods — it’s a forested space and mountainous — so we’re very vulnerable to pure issues taking place.”
The victims haven’t been publicly recognized by authorities, however relations mentioned they’re Jessica and Jake Woodruff of Yreka, a married couple who have been touring up the coast to rejoice Jessica’s forty fifth birthday as they did annually, in accordance with North Coast Information TV.
They depart behind 5 youngsters, two of them adults of their 20s who will now increase their three youthful siblings, the outlet reported.
“They’re all coping with it barely otherwise, however I’ll inform you what is completely constant throughout the board is they’re all making an attempt to care for each other,” Jessica’s cousin, Rachel Lewis, informed the information station.
An on-line fundraising web page set as much as help the household had raised practically $300,000 as of Friday morning.
“This was a surprising and sudden occasion, and the tragedy of this accident makes it troublesome to just accept as actual,” the fundraiser states. “These 5 youngsters are actually left with out dad and mom and are going through a lifetime of bills.”
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