Tree falls on, kills woman walking on trail in Eden Prairie


A 56-year-old woman died in Eden Prairie Friday evening after a tree fell on her while she was on a walking path off near Mitchell, the Pioneer Press reports.

Eden Prairie police officials responded to a call at 5:21 p.m. about the sound of a tree falling and someone screaming.

Public information officer Katie Beal says emergency units arrived at the scene of the walking trail to find the woman pinned beneath a 90-year-old basswood tree, which was 30 inches in diameter.

The woman, who was reportedly walking with another person at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spokeswoman Katie Bengston said the tree was alive and showed no signs of disease, WCCO-TV reports.

KARE-TV reports that wind gusts of up to 23 mph were recorded in the area at the time the tree fell.

KARE also talked with neighbors of the woman, who has not yet been identified. She was described as a "pillar of the neighborhood" who walked the path two to three times a day with her dogs.

The Pioneer Press reports that the tree was located between the trail and the lake, and fell west, on top of the trail.

The incident is also being investigated by Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation.

See video from the scene from KSTP-TV below.

See KARE's report from the scene below.

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