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Tree Branch Falls on Three People in Central Park

By DNAinfo Staff on May 31, 2010 6:31pm  | Updated on June 1, 2010 6:22am

By Gabriela Resto-Montero

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

CENTRAL PARK — Three women were hit by a falling tree branch in Central Park near the Boathouse Monday.

The women all suffered injuries from the fallen branch and were taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Parks Deparment said.

A 53-year-old woman was treated for head and nose injuries, a 28-year-old woman suffered a hip injury and a 38-year-old woman had minor injuries, a spokesperson for the Department said.

The victims appeared to be part of a family that was having a picnic on the lawn, said Mark Leckner, a passerby at the scene near the northeast part of the lake.

Park goers enjoying the warm weather on the lawn by the boat house heard a spltting noise and rushed to the site at around 12:30 p.m., Leckner said.

A Central Park worker carried a tree branch away from the accident.
A Central Park worker carried a tree branch away from the accident.
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The woman was conscious but bleeding from the mouth, he said.

"She was breathing and she was talking," Leckner said. "She was lucky it was just a glancing blow. She would've been finished."

The woman was hit by a smaller branch off the larger piece that broke from the trunk, Leckner said.

Workers from the Central Park Conservancy closed off a section of the lawn as a precaution after the accident.