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Wood Plank Hits 4-Year-Old Girl After Falling From UES Scaffold

By DNAinfo Staff on January 25, 2012 1:41pm

By Tuan Nguyen

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

UPPER EAST SIDE — A piece of falling wood struck a 4-year-old girl on her way to an Upper East Side school Wednesday morning, but miraculously left her with only minor injuries.

The wooden slat fell from 103 E. 75th St., near Lexington Avenue, as workers were removing scaffolding from the building, the girl's mother and authorities said.

The roughly 4-by-6-foot plank knocked her to the ground shortly before 10 a.m., just down the street from the Temple Israel of the City Of New York school, said her mother, Rochelle Siskind.

"The whole board fell on her body, and my daughter was on the ground," Siskind, 39, said.

"She was crying."

She said she was walking ahead of her daughter when she heard a loud bang.

Siskind said she took her shaken daughter to the school pediatrician, who gave the girl a thorough check-up and found only a bruise on her shoulder.

“She's back to school now," Siskind said.  

"My husband always tell me to walk around, away from the scaffold. I never thought that it would ever happen," the mother added.

"Thank God she is fine."