Woman Struck by Tree Branch in Cantigny Park in Wheaton Has Died

The elderly woman was one of three people struck by a large tree branch that fell on June 8 from one of Cantigny Park's oldest trees, according to media reports.

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An elderly woman who was struck by a large tree branch that fell earlier this month at Cantigny Park in Wheaton has died, according to the Daily Herald. 

Mildred Hetmanski, 83, of Crete died Tuesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital  from multiple injuries sustained when the branch, which was estimated to be between 80 to 100 feet long, fell from a burr oak tree on June 8, the Daily Herald reports. 

Two others were also injured when the branch fell from one of the "oldest and largest trees" located near the McCormick Museum at the Wheaton park,  the Chicago Tribune reports. 

One was taken to the hospital and the other refused treatment, according to the article. The condition of the second victim was not available, the newspaper reports.

The burr oak tree was over 300 years old and park officials have roped off the area where the branch fell to ensure safety, according to Suburban Life Publications. 

Robert R. McCormick Foundation spokesperson Phil Zepeda told Suburban Life Publications the Cantigny Park has a staff that regularly monitors the health and safety of the trees and referred to the situation as an isolated incident. 

This is the second time a falling tree branch has caused a suburban death in recent weeks. 

An 11-year-old Cary girl was killed on June 1 when a storm knocked a tree onto her while she was camping in a tent with her dad and brother at a popular state park in Wisconsin. 

Allison Spahr and her father became trapped under the tree after it fell on their tent around 4 a.m. on Sunday  at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis., which is located about 40 miles northwest of Madison, Wis., according to a press release from the Sauk County Sheriff's Office. The girl's brother, 14, was able to climb out after the accident. 

The 11-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father and brother were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released, according to the Daily Herald. 

A thunderstorm passed through the area overnight and the limb that fell on the family's tent was about nine inches in diameter, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

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Magnus Thunderson June 21, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Tree branch are a risk and always have been so there nothing new here in fact a very old name for them were widow makers


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