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Termites blamed for branch that fell on parade attendee

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - It was on Monday when a falling tree branch sent one parade goer to the hospital. But was it preventable?

Mayors Council of Guam executive director Angel Sablan tells KUAM trees along the route were trimmed prior to festivities. Instead, he points the blame at termites.

"A lot of these trees we found out that they fall and they break because they're termite ridden and a little wind comes their way will just let them fall just like what happened on July 21st," he said.

Rather than wait until next year's Liberation Day Parade to act, Sablan says the trees pose a yearlong hazard for pedestrians and passing cars alike. He says the MCOG will work with the Department of Parks & Recreations and the Department of Agriculture to address the issue.

We should note, it was four years ago Therese Lujan was killed by a falling tree while watching the parade.

Monday's incident also involved a woman who was struck by a tree branch. She received stitches as a result.
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