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2 injured by fallen tree on Capitol Square

Men taken to hospitals

2 injured by fallen tree on Capitol Square

MADISON, Wis. - A falling tree struck and injured two people Tuesday evening on the Capitol Square, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to Carroll Street at West Washington Avenue at 6:28 p.m.

Witnessed said two men were walking in the area, when the tree suddenly snapped and fell on them. Wind conditions were light, and the weather was clear and sunny.

The men were taken to area hospitals after being trapped under the tree.
Capitol police made arrangements for cleanup.

"The State of Wisconsin has been proactive in monitoring the health of the trees in Capitol Park to ensure the safety of its visitors. Over the past several months trees identified for removal by the state's arbor experts have been removed," Wisconsin Department of Administration officials said in a release.

Officials said the tree has been actively monitored, but showed not outward signs of distress.

"UW-Madison professor of arboriculture Dr. Richard Allison has been working with the state to monitor the health of the trees at Capitol Park for over 20 years," the statement said. "Dr. Allison inspected the tree after yesterday's incident again, noting that the tree did not exhibit any outward signs of rot or distress.

According to the release, other trees in the area were re-examined by Allison Wednesday.

DOA officials said no property damage was reported.

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