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Arboreal Obliteration

Tree Blown Down by High Winds Kills Balinese Woman in Sanur

(1/17/2014) A localized whirlwind, known locally as putting beliung, touched down in a corner of Sanur on Thursday, January 16, 2014, felling a tree that struck a passing vehicle and killed a 70-year-old female passenger.

At 4:10 pm on Thursday, January 16, 2014 a Toyota Kijang carrying pilgrims back from prayers at a nearby Balinese temple was crushed by a falling tree at the intersection of Jalan Mertasari and Jalan Pura Mertasari.

The tree, believed to be hundreds of years old, toppled over onto the passing vehicle. While five of the car’s six passengers escaped largely unscathed, 70-year old Ni Nyoman Kontong was trapped in the back seat of the car beneath a crushed rooftop.

It took rescue officials 1.5 hours to remove the woman from the car who had died from injuries to her head.

In addition to the Kijang, a passing motorcycle was also struck by the tree causing minor injuries to its rider.