CUPERTINO, Calif. (KRON) — A woman died Sunday morning after a tree fell on her when she was out on a hike in Cupertino, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department.
The call reporting the incident came in around 10 a.m., on the Stephen E. Abbors trail in Cupertino at the Rancho San Antonio County Park on the Peninsula. Fire crews responded to reports of a fallen tree that landed on the woman, who was on a group hike. After the victim was extricated from the tree, she was declared deceased at the scene.
On Monday, the victim was identified as Vidyut Nautiyal, 44, of San Jose, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner confirmed to KRON4. Also on Monday, the Boy Scouts announced that Nautiyal was a parent on a Boy Scout excursion when the tree fell.
“We are saddened to confirm one adult accidental fatality involving a tree. The deceased is the parent of a Scout and they were participating in a planned hike at the Rancho San Antonio Park.
All Scouts are safe and there were no additional injuries. Our emergency response protocols and notifications are currently being followed and we appreciate privacy for the family and Scout unit.” – Eric Tarbox, Scout Executive/CEO, Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, Boy Scouts of America
The Rancho San Antonio Park Rangers said fallen trees on this trail are rare but added that this tree could’ve fallen due to saturated soil — something that’s been happening across the Bay Area due to the recent heavy rain and snowfall.
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KRON4 spoke with Park Rangers and asked if they’ve ever closed areas in precaution after major storms, and if so, why not this specific trail.
“We have, it’s just in the foothills area, it hasn’t been in that big of an issue, which is where we are now,” Matt Anderson, chief ranger in the mid-Peninsula Regional Open District told KRON4. “It’s a tragedy. It’s super rare. You know we do have cardiac events, from people hiking on the trail here. But trees falling. Yeah that’s super, super rare.”