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    Fallen tree on Robinson Road

    We've had a fair bit of heavy rain but don't really expect this in such a built up area. Happened across from the Wellcome shop on Robinson Road.

    Very, very sad.


    From The Standard:

    A tree on Robinson Road, Mid-levels, hit a pregnant woman, who was pronounced dead at the hospital. The fetus was saved and sent into the intensive care unit.

    The tree collapsed at around 2:30pm. The woman lost consciousness after being hit in her head by the tree.

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    Not going to like it .. but thanks for posting. Just another reminder of "shit happens", no matter how careful you are..... sad news for everyone involved.

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    Very sad. Poor family


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    Tragic. Wrong place, wrong time.


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    I've never understood why people don't get out of the way. Trees don't fall fast.. unless I'm missing something. How can you not notice a tree falling down on top of you?

    Anyway - whatever the reason - very sad for the woman and very sad for all the other trees in HK. No doubt the Gov will now go on a purge and chop down more of them, like they did after that one fell in Stanley a while back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    Not going to like it .. but thanks for posting. Just another reminder of "shit happens", no matter how careful you are..... sad news for everyone involved.
    Incidents like this touch me closely. I know what it's like to be on the 'receiving end'. A lifetime of thinking 'if only' and 'another second'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine:
    I've never understood why people don't get out of the way. Trees don't fall fast.. unless I'm missing something. How can you not notice a tree falling down on top of you?
    Wind&storm, cars and traffic - I can understand hearing it but not registering where the sound was actually coming from; its a fairly unusual sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    Wind&storm, cars and traffic - I can understand hearing it but not registering where the sound was actually coming from; its a fairly unusual sound.
    I guess it falls in the category of "if only" and most people don't like to look too closely at whether someone who was accidentally killed contributed to their own demise - but if we don't, how else can we learn? I'd like to know, for example, if she was playing with a mobile phone and not concentrating on the environment (which would substantiate my own view, possibly prejudice, that mobile phones are going to lead to accidents these days); or if she was "stuck" and unable to move because of traffic/buildings/cars etc which would mean it was not her fault at all; or if the tree was completely silent (in which case you would not know it was coming) etc etc. I hope the coroner looks into these things, if only so that we can have an objective view for the future rather than the standard "let's get rid of all trees near people" response.

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    Very sad.

    The arborist on the news blamed it on human error - planting a type of tree too big for the restrictive space. I captured this image from google street view.

    The mass of the tree foliage overhangs the street because its planted in a tiny space backed by buildings.
    The developer may have an issue on his hands.
    Hope the baby survives.

    Last edited by TigerSun; 14-08-2014 at 06:03 PM.

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