Area where tree fell, injured 8 in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park was recently inspected: Officials

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — On Monday morning, crews were out at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia to clear the fallen trees and debris.

Eight people were injured on Sunday afternoon when a large tree fell on a group celebrating a class reunion. Then, hours later, a second tree fell.

The Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department said the picnic area where the event took place was inspected over the past week.

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“You see where it fell from the root. No branches fell, the whole tree fell. Thank god no one was killed. It could have been worse,” said Luther Floyd, who was at the event.

He says if the tree had fallen later, there would have been dozens of people in the tent and it could have been a lot worse.

Officials identified the tree as a 90-year-old white oak.

Then hours later a second oak tree fell. No one was injured when the second tree fell.

Eric Christopher often comes to the park to enjoy the shade of the trees. He says he recently saw crews inspecting trees near the Mann Center.

“They had a whole company examining trees. I was amazed,” said Christopher.

The Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department says Philadelphia’s urban forest consists of 1.3 million trees, but they can’t inspect every tree in parks.

“We prepare picnic areas seasonally and inspect them weekly. Park wardens inspect picnic areas for hazards, items in need of repair, and fallen or hanging branches. This picnic area has been inspected for the past week,” a department spokesman said.

“I understand you have a park full of trees, but a dead tree, especially that big, should stand out, I would think… as big as that tree was, dead as it was, that’s a surefire sign,” Floyd said.

Also over the weekend in Cobbs Creek, a large branch fell on a vehicle, taking cables with it.

Floyd says he will continue to pray for the classmates who are still in hospital, he says three have been discharged so far.

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