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Wedding catastrophe after deadly tree toppling

Wedding day tragedy

WHITTIER, Calif. --  Los Angeles County Fire Department officials say at least one person died and five others were injured after a large tree fell on a wedding party in the city of Whittier.

One person at the scene was reported to be in cardiac arrest, CBS Los Angeles reports. It was unclear if that was the fatality.

Initial reports said the fallen tree — a large eucalyptus — had trapped as many as 20 people beneath it.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. at Penn Park.

A tree fell on a wedding party in Whittier, California, killing at least one person and injuring five. CBS Los Angeles

Officials said the party was taking pictures at the time the tree fell.

At least two of the injuries were considered serious, officials said.

The fatal victim was declared dead on scene.

A witness tried to help the injured. She told CBS2/KCAL9 there was very little she could do without heavy equipment.

“I see people screaming,” said Olga Romero, “and I get out of the car and went running and I went to see and there was this lady and she was with a little baby. And I didn’t know what to do. But she was screaming. So I hold the baby and put her down. And she [the woman] had a very big bump on her head. It was bleeding. They both were bleeding. There was blood all over.”