Christmas tree kills woman in market square, injures others

A woman was killed, and two people were injured by a large Christmas tree that fell over in the Belgian city of Oudenaarde on Thursday evening.

Security camera footage on Belgian news media showed a brightly lit 20-metre (65.62 ft) high Christmas tree slowly leaning over, collapsing next to a Christmas market as a merry-go-round spun on the historic town square.

A spokesman for the Oost-Vlaanderen province prosecutor said the victim was a 63-year-old woman from Oudenaarde.

Two women from the same town were lightly injured in the incident.

“The investigation will focus on whether the tree had been properly secured and will also look at the impact of the weather,” he said.

Storm Pia, which disrupted traffic in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands on Thursday, hit western Belgium, and the weather service issued a yellow code warning for the coastal areas.

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