Hiker killed by tree in California’s Muir Woods

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KNTV) — Park officials say a hiker was killed by a tree while he was walking on a popular hiking trail in California’s Muir Woods.

On Christmas Eve, five trees fell onto the hillside trail with one crashing onto a group of hikers, park officials say.

A 29-year-old man was pinned by the trunk of the tree.

He did not survive.

A woman in the group was injured by falling debris. Another man made it out without any injuries, park officials say.

They believe the winter storms over the past week and a half may have contributed to the trees falling.

At this time, the hillside trail is closed.

It will reopen after the holiday weekend.

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