Sunday, December 11, a large eucalyptus tree fell on top of a wedding party at Penn Park in Whittier, killing one person and injuring at least five others.
According to the reports, the wedding ceremony has just ended and guests were taking photos with the newly married couple when a 100-foot tall eucalyptus tree fell. At least 20 people were trapped under the tree’s branches and had to be extricated by local paramedics using chainsaws.
One person was killed as a result of the incident. No identification has been released. Five people, including a child, sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
A search dog was brought to the site to help look for any remaining possible victims trapped under the tree.
Investigators were also requested to the scene to determine what caused the tree to fall.
A fatal car accident killed one person and injured at least three people on Interstate 10, Sunday afternoon.
The Louisiana State Patrol responded to the scene after receiving a report of a multi-vehicle crash at approximately 5:30 p.m. According to a report, a Pontiac Grand was heading west of the highway when its driver suddenly lost control and crashed into the center median. It continued on and crossed through the eastbound lanes where it was struck by a passing Chevrolet Equinox.
Two passengers in the Pontiac, identified as a 25-year-old woman and a 5-year-old child, and three occupants of the Chevrolet sustained moderate to serious injuries. They were transferred to a local hospital for treatment.
Authorities later identified the 25-year-old female passenger as Ciara Lemon. She succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.
The driver of the Pontiac was identified as 24-year-old Kilian Webster. He was taken into custody and charged for reckless driving, having a child unrestrained in the vehicle, and operating with a suspended driver’s license. It was not clear if he was injured.