|Pregnant woman killed by falling tree
A pregnant woman who was walking on a busy midlevels road has died after she was crushed by a tree Thursday afternoon.
However, surgeons managed to save the life of her child.
The baby was delivered at Queen Mary Hospital, and is now in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Police said the 15-metre-tall tree on Robinson Road, near the junction of Seymour Road suddenly toppled.
An eyewitness said pedestrians rushed forward to help lift the tree after they noticed a women lying underneath it.
Firemen and ambulancemen arrived and sent the woman to hospital with head injuries.
Former CNN anchor Lorraine Hahn, who lives in a building right by the scene of the accident, was shocked and saddened by the tragedy.
She said the area is usually busy with people waiting for taxis and minibuses.
She suspect heavy rain in recent days could have contributed to the collapse of the tree.
But tree expert believes the tree itself is not healthy.
Jim Chi-yung, a geography professor at the University of Hong Kong, said the Indian oak was broken several times, but it was not taken care appropriately.
The location is not suitable for such a big tree, which can grow up to more than 10 meters tall in just a few years. And there was not enough soil to hold the tree even if it was healthy.
Police sealed off the area as they carried out investigation, and wait for the arrival of workers to clear the collapsed tree. --RTHK/The Standard