Plane tree collapse kills 9-year-old in Lamia

A nine-year-old boy died and his 4-year-old sibling was injured on Sunday evening at Kombotades village near the central Greek city of Lamia when a large piece of plane tree trunk collapsed on top of them.

The accident happened at the central square of the village where children were playing.

Police by order of Lamia’s Misdemeanor Prosecutor arrested the city official responsible for Greenery on manslaughter charges as his department tasked with maintaining the trees failed to predict the potential hazard.

Lamia municipality said that there are thousands of plane trees in residential areas and that its departments intervene whenever a tree poses danger to the public. On the Kombotades accident, the municipality claimed they had no indication or information that the tree was rotten or hazardous.