Rotten Roots Blamed for Toppled Tree That Killed Woman

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BANGKOK — Officials blamed damaged and misshapen roots for a large tree which toppled and killed a woman along a busy street in downtown Bangkok on Saturday.

A rotten and malformed root system were the main reasons the tree, identified as a raintree, adjacent to the Central Chidlom shopping mall fell and killed Nichapat Somjet, Forest Department said.

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As a preventive measure, trees which might be at risk, including other raintrees in the Lumphini and Chit Lom areas, will be inspected, according to Thiti Wisalak of the Forest Department.

At about 9:30am on Saturday, Nichapat was riding a motorcycle on Soi Chit Lom alongside the mall when she was killed by a utility pole, which fell after being brought down by the falling trees. The road was closed Saturday morning for clean-up and investigation.

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