Falling tree kills woman in car at Anaheim park
ANAHEIM, Calif. - A woman was killed Sunday after a burr oak tree fell on a car at an Anaheim park, officials said.
Crews with Anaheim Fire Rescue were called to Pearson Park located on Harbor Boulevard around 2:50 p.m. Sunday after reports that a large tree had fallen on a car.
Authorities said a woman was found in the back seat of the car where the tree landed. Rescue teams tried to remove her from the car and render aid. However, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was later identified as 62-year-old Maria de la Luz Cruz.
"Our hearts go out to the family. This is a tragic, unthinkable loss and our sincere condolences go out to the family at this time," City of Anaheim Spokesman Mike Lyster said.
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"These trees actually go dormant during winter," Lyster explained when addressing claims the trees were rotting at the park. "They may look a little bit brown but they are actually thriving trees."
The city has taken samples from the fallen tree. Lyster said a forensic arborist will then examine the condition of the tree.
The investigation is ongoing.