On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 15, a tragic incident occurred at the San Antonio Zoo, where seven people were hospitalized after a tree limb fell on a family.
The San Antonio Fire Department responded quickly to the incident, and they reported that one of the patients was in acute need.
The mishap occurred just after noon at the zoo at 3903 N. St Mary’s St. in San Antonio, TX 78212. According to the fire dept, one of the patients was priority 1, while the others were taken to the hospital out of precaution.
The authorities have not released any details regarding the extent of the injuries.
Hope Roth, The Vice President Of Marketing At The Zoo
Hope Roth, the vice president of marketing at the zoo, expressed her sadness over the incident and called it an “unfortunate accident.”
She explained that a large area of a cedar elm tree “suddenly broke and fell” on the visitors. The zoo is still available; only the site where the tree limb fell is locked.
One of the visitors, Brandy Lorraine, was at the zoo with her nine-year-old daughter when the incident occurred near the zoo’s carousel.
She recalled that she was posing on a bench next to the tree when she listened to the breaking of the limb. Lorraine said a big part of the tree fell on the benches where people sat.
“It was a freak mishap. It was so scary,” Lorraine stated. “I saw a lady running for help with blood on her hands. I heard people shouting. I hope everyone is okay. Pondering about it now is even more difficult because any small detour could have put us in that spot.”
The Incident Caused Chaos & Panic Among The Visitors
The incident caused chaos and panic among the visitors who enjoyed their day out with their families. The zoo’s security staff, observed by San Antonio Park Police, the San Antonio authorities Department, and the San Antonio Fire Department, worked together to provide medical attention to the affected guests.
The tree limb’s sudden fall has raised concerns among the visitors about the safety measures at the zoo. While the incident appears to be an unfortunate accident, the zoo authorities will likely face questions about their maintenance of the trees and other attractions.