A 17-year-old Boy Scout watches in horror as his mother is crushed to death by a falling tree
A 17-year-old Boy Scout watches in horror as his mother is crushed to death by a falling tree after she stopped to make sure her son was safe seconds before the tree crushed her during a hike in the mountains of California
- A mom died after being hit by a falling tree while hiking in California
- The woman was with her 17-year-old son and his Boy Scout troop when she was hit
- She watched the tree fall and stopped to make sure her son was safe
A Boy Scout watched in horror as his mother was crushed to death by a tree that fell on a hike in California mountains.
The unidentified mom was with her 17-year-old son at the Rancho San Antonio “PG&E Trail” park in Santa Clara around 10 a.m. Sunday when she stopped to make sure he was safe before she was hit.
Witnesses recalled the crash — and said they rushed to help the woman, who was with the Sunnyvale Boy Scout troop, seconds later.
“We were trying to see if we could lift the log that was on her body. And let’s see if we can lift it up a little bit to see if she can breathe,” said Suriya, a witness KTVU. “We raised it a little so that there was a gap. And then they put a stone so that it would not touch the body. It was the best we could do.”
The unidentified mother was with her son at the Rancho San Antonio “PG&E Trail” park in Santa Clara around 10 a.m. Sunday when she was hit by a falling tree
Suriya, a witness at the scene of the accident, recalled the unexpected accident when he rushed to help
A mom who was with a Boy Scout troop in Sunnyvale stopped to make sure her 17-year-old son was safe before she was hit
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene after her son refused to leave her until paramedics arrived on ATVs.
In the afternoon, paramedics carried her body to a car, wrapped in a red blanket.
“It’s just very hard to imagine what happened,” Suriya added.
Chief Ranger Matt Anderson of the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District said falling trees are common this time of year.
“We have a lot of trees coming down because of … oversaturated soil,” Anderson told the publication. “And earlier last week there was snow on Skyline. So the trees are falling.’
According to the Boy Scouts of America, there were no additional injuries among the soldiers Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay Council.
“We are sad to confirm that one adult accidentally died in a tree. The deceased is the father of a scout and they were participating in a planned hike in Rancho San Antonio Park … All scouts are safe,” the council wrote in a statement.
The popular tourist spot remained closed since Monday.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene after her son refused to leave her until paramedics arrived on ATVs
Later in the afternoon, paramedics were seen carrying her wrapped body into a car
The popular hiking spot remained closed since Monday