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Tree falls, kills 21-year-old in Yosemite Valley

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POSTED March 6, 2017 12:05 a.m.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK  (AP) — Officials say a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree at Half Dome Village in Yosemite National Park.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman said the accident happened Sunday in the area formerly known as Curry Village. No other information about the victim was made public.

A windy, cold storm was sweeping through Northern California and dumped hail. Scattered showers are forecast for the region through Sunday.

Gediman says rangers closed the village and had visitors leave the area after the accident. Weather conditions were improving Sunday afternoon and rangers expected to reopen the area later in the day.

Park officials also closed Upper Pines and Camp 4 because of the weather conditions. Those areas are expected to reopen Monday.

In December and January, at least two people in California were killed by falling trees. In January, one woman who struck and killed by a tree while walking on a Northern California golf course. In December, a woman posing for photographs as part of a wedding party was killed and five others were injured by a falling eucalyptus tree in Southern California.

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