Falling Tree Branch Injures Three in Central Park

by - May 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm -

tree branchThree people were injured on Monday when a branch fell from a tree in Central Park around 74th Street and hit them. A family was apparently picnicking in the park near the East Drive when the branch fell with “a muffled tearing sound maybe two seconds long,” according to Philip Bump, who reported on his blog about the incident (via Gothamist).

DNAinfo reported that a woman was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital but did not report on her condition. Bump wrote:

”Obvious quickly what happened. Dozens of people started running over to where the tree branch fell. It was probably two feet in diameter where it broke off, a huge leafy mess at the end where the family was picnicking.

When I got there, a dozen guys were pulling the branch away, several people were attending to a woman lying on her back underneath. Near the road, a child was wailing, a few adults trying to calm him or her.

Heard at least three people calling it in to 911, who got there within three minutes or so. About five minutes after that, the area was cordoned off and an ambulance left at 72nd Street for Lenox Hill Hospital.”

A falling tree branch left a Google engineer in a coma last summer, and another branch killed a man this year.

(image by Philip Bump via twitpic)

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