Hiker killed on Christmas Eve by falling redwood tree

A Minnesota man was killed by a falling redwood tree while out on a hike at the Muir Woods National Monument park in California.

The Christmas Eve death occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday when 28-year-old Subhradeep Dutta was walking on the trail path, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. First responders found Dutta’s body crushed underneath the weight of the ancient tree. He was pronounced dead at about 5 p.m.

“The subject sustained severe traumatic injuries,” a statement about the incident read. An autopsy is being conducted on Friday and an investigation into the death is underway.

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