Three people were injured, one seriously, when a 2,800 year-old tree toppled over in a forest recreation area in Nantou County, Sunday, September 11.
At around 1:00pm, witnesses heard a large cracking sound as the tree fell into the car park at the Xitou recreation area. A 55 year-old man, a 68 year-old man, and a 49 year-old woman were hit by the tree. The woman’s condition was described as seriously injured but conscious.
The tree was a 2,800 year-old Formosan cypress (Chamaecyparis formosensis) with a diameter of 4.3 meters, a circumference of 13.6 meters, and a height of 30 meters.