As we previously reported, a huge cactus collapsed and fell on pedestrians in the principality of Monaco, killing a 92-year-old French woman and injuring four other people.
The freak accident occurred in a narrow alley above the Sun Casino in a garden named L’Ancienne Gare, famous for its exotic plants and specimens of cacti.
The deceased woman, who has not been named, suffered a serious injury to her leg and died in hospital.
She lived in France and was on a visit to Monaco.
The other victims were two men in their sixties, a woman in her fifties and a 20-year-old woman.
They were treated for wounds and shock after the accident, which was described as ‘extremely rare’.
According to witnesses the cactus, a Euphorbia Candelabra, which is native to the Horn of Africa and can grow to a height of 13 feet, fell without warning on the terrified group of pedestrians and shattered into dozens of pieces.
An investigation into a possible case of manslaughter has been launched by the prosecutor in Monaco’s capital, Monte Carlo.
Sources in Nice reported that investigators are questioning gardeners to establish whether the cactus had been properly maintained and whether it had been identified as dangerous.
Monaco is a tiny principality situated between Nice and the Italian frontier on the French Mediterranean coast.
Its most famous resident, Princess Grace, known as the American actress Grace Kelly until she married Prince Rainier in 1956, died in a car accident in 1982.
Doctors believe it was caused by her having suffered a stroke whilst driving home in her Rover, which veered off the steep, winding road and hurtled down the 120 foot mountainside.
Her daughter, Stephanie, who was in the passenger seat, survived the crash.
Originally published at Daily Mail