A TV presenter has been crushed to death by a falling palm tree – just months after she apparently signed a petition for it to be felled. Kanchan Nath, 58, was walking past a row of shops as she returned from a yoga class in Mumbai, India, when disaster struck.
The 25ft high coconut tree came crashing down, falling on unsuspecting Kanchan near her home. The TV host, who works for the Indian government-run Doordarshan channel, was slammed to the ground by the weight of the tree. She suffered fatal internal injuries and fractures as a result of being hit by it.
Onlookers rushed to help Nath by lifting the tree off her and carrying her several feet away, before she was rushed to hospital, but she tragically died on Saturday from brain injuries. Kanchan’s devastated husband Rajat Nath blamed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the civic body that governs Mumbai, for the accident. He said the BMC officials had been informed that the tree could fall anytime, but they had allegedly refused permission for the society to cut it.