The strident song of the chainsaws resonates in the alleys of the park of Colombière. This Tuesday morning, forestry technicians are hard at work to cut and prune trees at the place where a large ash branch fell on Monday, July 19 on a pedal car, killing an 81-year-old lady and injuring two people accompanying her. (A 78-year-old lady and a little boy, transported to Dijon University Hospital).
From a good distance, Nahim observes the work of the workers. This 9-year-old boy is one of the direct witnesses to the accident. “I heard like a series of firecrackers, and the branch fell on people. The rosalie (editor’s note pedal car) has folded in two.“His father agreed to bring him back to the scene of the tragedy to relieve the stress of his little boy. “He is very shocked and failed to sleep in his bed that night” explains Toufik his dad. “We often come here. It’s a nice park. Yesterday the wind was blowing a little, but not that strong.”
A psychological listening unit remains in place at Dijon University Hospital for all those present at the time of the tragedy and traumatized by this accident.
“Obviously, that cools us down a bit” comments Nadine a few steps away, accompanied by her grandsons Timéo and Nolan. “Yesterday we just came to make rosalie. I imagine the city has more than one tree to watch out for.”
An investigation is underway to determine the reasons for this exceptional and unexpected accident. On site, Christophe Avéna, the Deputy Mayor in charge of Security repeats that wind who was blowing at that time was fine below the alert levels which lead to the closure of the park. “The tree broke at a fork. The very heavy rains last week may have played a role in this accident. We are awaiting the conclusions of the investigation.”
The activities of the park resume service under a clear and serene sky. Tree climbing, ecodrome, zoo meet their visitors. The rosalies are, they, this Tuesday morning absent from the alleys of the park.
“We have the feeling that it is the fault of bad luck” assures Daniel who runs the “Oh! P’tit Loup gourmand” bar in the center of the park. “For a second, this family escaped the drama. Poor people, it’s really unfortunate. ”
“I have worked here for 25 years, and I can tell you that yes, the maintenance of the park is done on a regular basis. This spring, the workers spent at least two months cutting and removing the wood. It was really big. . ”
“Yes that’s right” completes Samiah, one of the many joggers in the park “We often see the technicians at work, there is even a sign at the entrance informing us that there is regular work and that we should not be surprised to see cut trees “ specifies this regular.
“As soon as the wind gets strong, the park is closed. It makes us bitch because we can no longer work. Now the next time we are evacuated, I will think about what happened” concludes Daniel, the owner of the bar.