One dead, 5 injured in freak tree fall accident in Manali

Manali: In a freak accident, one person died and 5 others got away with injuries when a sudden wind storm caused a deodar tree, hollow in the middle to break and fall on makeshift shops at Dhungri, near Hadimba temple at Manali.

According to eyewitnesses, at about 3p.m. the sudden wind gust uprooted the about 250 feet tall deodar tree, killing Atam Prakash (48) who was a resident of Panipat, Haryana.

The injured have been identified as MahinderPal, a resident of Manali, PremDas and Reena Rana, residents of Kullu, Ashish, a resident of Uttar Pradesh and Sarla, a resident of Madhya Pradesh.

Ashish was seriously injured that others were admitted to Local Lady Wellington Hospital and given first aid.

Photos by Sanjay Datta

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Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.

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