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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