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Tragedy as eucalyptus tree falls on bridal party, killing one and injuring five others

The freak accident happened as they lined up for a group photo.

A tragic accident has occurred at a wedding in Penn Park, Southern California.

Disaster struck when a bridal party lined up next to a eucalyptus tree to get pictures taken when the ‘humongous’ tree fell on top of them.

Witnesses say they heard a loud crack before the 100ft tree plummeted on top of the party.

One woman was tragically killed and a four-year-old girl was listed in critical condition due to head trauma.

In an official statement, Whittier Police said:

"The injured were transported to local area hospitals where it has since been reported one of the victims has succumbed to their injuries.

Another, described only as a 4-year-old female, is in critical condition as a result of head trauma."

Footage from the scene shows authorities desperately trying to cut through the branches with chainsaws.

Witness Gilbert Duran said on Facebook:

"It’s nuts. This tree is humongous. I can’t believe this.

They’re taking pictures under this tree and all of a sudden it just collapsed. We just watched some little kids go flat underneath that tree.

I hope they’re going to be OK. Pray for these families at Penn Park in Whittier."

Our thoughts go out to all those involved.

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