20m-tall tree falls on playground swingset, 5-year-old girl injured by branches

A five-year-old girl was injured while visiting a Yuen Long playground with her grandpa this afternoon when a 20-metre-tall evergreen tree suddenly fell and landed on a swingset.

The accident took place at around 4pm at Sai Ching Street Playground, according to Sing Tao. Thankfully, the tree trunk landed on the swingset frame, and the girl was only injured by its fallen branches.

Screenshot: Oriental Daily

Passersby helped brush the branches away and called an ambulance for the girl. Luckily, she only sustained abrasions to her arm, but was taken to hospital for treatment.

Oriental Daily reports that the base of the tree appeared to have suffered from bacterial rot, and white termites were spotted crawling around in the trunk after it split open.

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