1 dead, 5 injured after tree falls on California wedding party

Posted at 8:07 PM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 22:07:38-05

By Steven Visser


(CNN) -- A large tree fell on a wedding party in Whittier, California, Saturday afternoon, killing one person and injuring at least five, the Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted from its verified Twitter account.

Witnesses told CNN affiliate KTLA the wedding party was taking photos when the tree came crashing down in Penn Park.

One witness described the tree as splitting in two and hitting several people, the television station reported.

“We just heard something crack, like, really hard, and people were yelling," one witness told KTLA.

A birthday party apparently was also taking place nearby in the busy park, KTLA reported.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.