Two women, who are both students at UNC-Chapel Hill, suffered personal injuries on November 2 when a middle-aged red oak fell over with no apparent warning.

 

One of the two women was riding a bicycle under the tree and the other was walking.

 

According to campus police, one of the women was treated at the scene and released, but the other required transport to UNC Hospitals with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

 

UNC-CH forest manager Tom Bythell said that the tree showed no outward signs of root rot. Using the number of rings, he estimated the tree to be 95 to 98 years old. He said that healthy red oaks can live 180 years.

 

Large oaks and older trees falling over during severe weather is not unusual, however a falling tree striking anyone is rare.

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