- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) - Officials in an eastern Minnesota city are working with businesses and property owners to remove trees in danger of falling after a woman was critically injured when a tree fell onto a restaurant’s patio this month.

Micki Scott was at Punch Pizza in Wayzata when a large tree topped onto her on May 6, KARE-TV (https://kare11.tv/2rE0xLc ) reported. Her husband, Dan Scott, said his wife has been in intensive care for two weeks. The couple was visiting from Oregon to celebrate their daughter’s birthday, he said.

Wayzata Police said they responded to the scene, where a group of people had helped get the woman out from under the tree.

The tree was located on city property known as “The Big Woods,” which is in a conservation easement owned and operated by the Minnesota Land Trust, according to a city statement.

City officials brought in an arborist to examine the forest area near the restaurant. City Manager Jeffrey Dahl said the arborist reported that the tree appeared to be diseased. The city has removed additional trees that posed as a threat.

The city has submitted a claim with its insurance company and they’re reviewing the information, Dahl said.

In a statement to the TV station, Punch Pizza said it “is saddened by the unfortunate act of nature that injured Ms. Scott and have done what we can to accommodate her family.”


Information from: KARE-TV, https://www.kare11.com

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