View from Russian Ridge Preserve to Mindego Hill by Karl Gohl

Rancho San Antonio Incident March 5, 2023

Incident Update (updated March 8, 2022)

On Sunday March 5 at 10 a.m., Santa Clara County Fire and Midpen rangers responded to a woman struck by a falling tree on the Stephen E. Abbors Trail in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. Life-saving efforts by first responders were unsuccessful and patient was declared deceased. The Stephen E. Abbors Trail was temporarily closed but has since reopened.

Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, friends and community in the wake of this tragic event. Our appreciation goes out to Midpen rangers and our partners at Santa Clara County Fire and Sheriff’s Department who assisted in the emergency response.

While this is the first incident of its kind in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s 50-year history, visitors to open space wildland areas are urged to use caution on trails in natural areas which are continuing to be impacted by unprecedented storms this winter. Be aware of potential hazards, bring a cell phone and have someone with you.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department have posted an incident update.

Out of respect for the privacy of the families involved, there are no further details to provide.

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