Two Minors Killed in Yosemite After Tree Limb Fell on Tent

On Aug. 14, two minors were killed in Yosemite National Park after an oak tree limb fell on top of the tent where they were sleeping.

When park rangers responded to the scene at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, both minors were deceased, said park spokesman Scott Gediman.

The accident at one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations occurred less than two weeks after eight young children were injured when a 70-foot pine tree collapsed outside of Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, Calif.

75-Foot Tree Collapses on Child in Campground

These are not the first tragedies that our firm has seen involving dangerous tree collapses. Attorney Tietjen is currently working on a case involving a tree in a park that fell on a child, which left the child with catastrophic injuries.

In our client’s case, it all began in the early morning hours of July 25, 2012 when the plaintiff, 12, was sleeping in a tent at Sequoia Flat Campground in San Mateo County Memorial Park. As he slept, a rotten 75-foot Tanoak fell on the plaintiff’s tent, causing catastrophic crush injuries.

The tree collapse caused the plaintiff to suffer an amputated leg at the pelvis, amputation at the anal sphincter and buttocks area, massive internal injuries, skin grafts and infection.

After an initial hospitalization that lasted over six months, he endured over 30 injuries, which incurred over $5 million in hospital bills. The plaintiff’s future medical bills will exceed that amount.

In addition to landing on the tent and severely injuring the young plaintiff, the force of the tree collapse crushed a nearby picnic table.

Trees, particularly those that are mature are supposed to be inspected at least once a year as to prevent serious injuries or deaths from occurring. This is especially the case involving trees at national parks, city parks and in municipalities, where the trees are in areas around people.

Hopefully, this tragedy at Yosemite illuminates the fact that trees pose serious hazards and must be inspected regularly to eliminate needless injuries and deaths. Additionally, city and national parks must be held accountable for their lack of foresight and inspection of these hazardous trees.

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