Date
25 July 2017
An unidentified woman is taken in a stretcher after being injured by a fallen tree outside Government House. Photos: RTHK
An unidentified woman is taken in a stretcher after being injured by a fallen tree outside Government House. Photos: RTHK

Woman injured by falling tree near Government House

A Chinese Banyan tree 14 meters tall and weighing up to ten tons toppled over from strong winds Monday, causing minor injuries to a woman.

Workers took five hours to remove the fallen tree which blocked two lanes of Lower Albert Road outside Government House.

A 54-year-old cleaning woman from a nearby construction site suffered injuries to her arms and legs when she was hit by debris from the tree, according to Ming Pao Daily.

The Architectural Services Department, which is responsible for maintaining the slope where the tree stood, said it was not listed in the registry of old and valuable trees.

It said the last tree inspection and slope maintenance work were carried out in February.

So Kwok-yin, chief executive of the Conservancy Association, said the tree could be between 50 and 80 years old.

He said the roots had been covered in fungus which might have resulted from damage caused by construction work, weakening the tree.

Still, it looked healthy on the outside, with leafy and strong branches, he said.

So said such an appearance is misleading and cannot be used to judge the health and stability of a tree.

Meanwhile, the remaining trees on the slope should be secured with structural support, he said.

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