EDINA, Minn. (FOX 9) - A man from Edina, Minnesota was killed on Christmas Eve when a tree fell onto him as he was hiking at a park in California.
According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office, 28-year-old Subhradeep Dutta was walking along a trail in Muir Woods National Monument Park, located just north of San Francisco, with a group when the 200-foot-tall tree fell around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
At the scene, first responders found Dutta underneath a large redwood. Deputies say Dutta was unconscious and later pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators say it appears the tree fell unexpectedly and Dutta was killed in a tragic accident. A park spokesperson told the Associated Press that it appears the wet ground near the roots from recent winter storms likely caused the tree to fall.
In a message, the spokesperson called the incident a "very rare, and isolated event."
Another woman was also hurt by failing debris from the tree. She was treated at a hospital.