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Man Killed by Falling Redwood in California

200ft tree fell on Christmas Eve hiker
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2019 3:34 AM CST
Hiker Killed by Falling Redwood
A trail closed sign at the entrance to the Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County, Calif.   (KPIX-TV via AP)

(Newser) – A hiker from Minnesota was killed on Christmas Eve by one of the world's most majestic trees. Authorities say 28-year-old Edina resident Subhradeep Dutta was killed by a falling redwood tree in California's Muir Woods National Monument at around 4:40pm on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A woman who had been walking on the same trail was injured by falling debris while a third walker was uninjured, ABC7 reports. The tree was around 200 feet tall—taller than a typical 14-story building. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area said in a statement that the tree fell "of natural, unknown causes following a persistent series of winter storms over the last week and a half." (Read more redwoods stories.)

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