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A century-old tree fell on a group of foreign tourists in Da Lat Saturday afternoon, killing an Indonesian tourist and injuring 6 others.
The tourists were waiting for their turn to get on the chutes of Dalat Datanla Waterfall Tourist Park when the tree suddenly became uprooted and fell down on them.
The tree, which may be a hundred-year-old, has a 6-centimeter diameter and 15-meter height, Nguyen Duy Dung, deputy director of the park said.
The accident caused the park’s entire chute system to stop working; therefore the injured tourists were carried off on stretches by local staff to the place where the ambulances were waiting.
It was 400-meter far from the accident scene.
28-year-old Ignatins Adri Aristion died on his way to the hospital and 2 of the six tourists are still in critical condition.
Doctors at Lam Dong General Hospital said Ignatins’ death resulted from traumatic brain injury.
It was not immediately clear what caused the tree to topple over, police said.
Dalat, a famous vacation city of Lam Dong province is about 310 kilometers northeast of Ho Chi Minh city.
Ignatins Adri Aristion - Male, 28 , Indonesian (dead)
Leone Patter Son – Female, 57, Australian
Alexandoa Gordon – Female, 18 , Australian
Mathen Gordon – Male, 40 , Australian
Yonas – Male, 29 , Indonesian
Rizky Rinaldi – Male, 31 , Indonesian
Cunj Polakitang – Female, 30 , Indonesian
The accident scene (Photo by Tuoitre)
One of the tourists on ambulance