Date
23 November 2017
Professor Jim Chi-yung of the University of Hong Kong says the site is not suitable for planting a big tree such as the fallen Indian oak tree. Photo: RTHK
Professor Jim Chi-yung of the University of Hong Kong says the site is not suitable for planting a big tree such as the fallen Indian oak tree. Photo: RTHK

Pregnant woman killed by falling tree in Mid-Levels

A pregnant woman died with her baby in critical condition after being hit by a falling tree in Mid-Levels on Thursday afternoon, RTHK reported.

A tree on Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, collapsed at around 2:30 p.m. and hit the 37-year-old woman in the head.

The woman lost consciousness, and was rushed to the Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam. The baby was taken out and sent into the intensive care unit.

A male witness said he heard a loud noise and then saw a branch of the falling tree landing on a woman. Several passers-by then moved the tree away and found the pregnant woman lying unconscious.

The tree that figured in the accident was an Indian oak tree, and its structure is quite chaotic, the report quoted Jim Chi-yung, a chair professor of geography at the University of Hong Kong, as saying.

“It showed that the tree has broken off many times and not in a healthy condition,” Jim said after inspecting the accident site. He said the site is not “suitable” for planting such a big tree, as the slope has very little soil to support it.

According to the Development Bureau, the fallen tree is not included in the official list of Old and Valuable Trees, and is under the management of a private housing estate, the report said.

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