The child succumbed to a rare weather phenomenon. After the fall of a tree on the banks of the Monbeton canal (Tarn-et-Garonne) which led to the death of a 10-year-old boy Monday, on the edge of the Montech canal, is linked to a "mini-tornado", says the mayor of the commune François Pizzini, quoted by France Bleu.
"The tree was not healthy, it was completely rotten according to the gendarmes. And so it fell during a squall, a kind of mini-tornado that lasted about ten minutes," she explains.
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Was the path allowed?
The young boy was riding his bike with his parents and little sister when the tree fell. They were also all injured. The rescuers, firefighters and gendarmes, tried to move the tree under which the child was trapped, but the boy succumbed to his injuries.
The inquest will also have to determine whether the family had the right to travel at this location on the edge of the canal and who owns this parcel, which would belong to the France Waterway (VNF) that manages the canal and the towpath.