Ancient Tree Falls in Nantou: 3 Injured

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.

Formosan cypress
A 2800 year-old Formosan cypress that fell in a forest recreation reserve in Nantou County, Taiwan, September 11, 2016. Photo: UDN

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