Parents of woman crushed by tree in Calif sue PG&E

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Posted: Aug 08, 2013 9:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parents of a camp counselor crushed to death by a falling tree near Yosemite National Park are suing Pacific Gas & Electric and the camp's arborist.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/13IKews ) the family of 21-year-old Annais Rittenberg contends the arborist and a tree contractor for the utility were negligent.

An 80-foot oak near power lines fell onto benches at Camp Tawonga in Tuolumne (Too-AHL'-uh-mee) County on July 3. Four other women were injured.

The suit, filed Wednesday in San Francisco, contends the tree was in a "zone of grave danger," and inspectors should have known it was dangerously weak.

A PG&E spokeswoman says the utility hadn't received the suit and had no comment. The Chronicle reports the tree-inspection companies were unavailable for comment.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com