Augsburg: Tree falls on mother and child (1), both seriously injured


A mighty oak was standing on a playground in Augsburg (Bavaria) until it suddenly crunched, cracked and fell over on Saturday – directly on a mother and her daughter (1)!

The woman and her two children were at the playground in the Oberhausen district around 10.45 a.m. The huge trunk (80 centimeters in diameter) buried her and her younger child under itself. The mother was seriously injured and the girl was even fatally injured.


This oak had been on the playground for years - and suddenly fell over on Saturday

This oak had been on the playground for years – and suddenly fell over on SaturdayPhoto: Robert Gongoll


The tree's roots were torn from the ground

The tree’s roots were torn from the groundPhoto: Robert Gongoll

Dana Ali (43) works as a barman in the “Il Gladiatore” restaurant right next to the playground: “I ran over to it immediately, held the woman’s arm, calmed her down and helped her out from under the tree. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help her daughter. It was too far under the tree. It was awful!”


Dana Ali (43) was the first to arrive at the scene of the accident and called the police

Dana Ali (43) was the first to arrive at the scene of the accident and called the policePhoto: Robert Gongoll

More and more people came to the scene of the accident. Resident Afrim Isa (53): “We were ten people, tried to lift the heavy tree and free the blonde girl. But it just didn’t work! We all cried. All I hope is that the little one survives the accident. “


Augsburg: Tree falls on mother and child (1), both seriously injured
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Then came workers who happened to be nearby. They lifted the tree with a telescopic handler – and were finally able to free the girl. His sibling (4) had to watch everything. It was looked after by a crisis team. Police and fire brigade cordoned off the scene of the accident.


The police cordoned off the playground in Augsburg after the accident

The police cordoned off the playground in Augsburg after the accidentPhoto: Robert Gongoll

Why the oak fell is unclear. Perhaps it was damaged in a severe storm at the end of June when numerous trees fell in Augsburg. The police are investigating.

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