Woman, 3 children injured by fallen tree in Central Park

Wednesday, 16 Aug, 2017

A Manhattan mother of three fractured her neck, while saving the lives' of her children- shielding them from a massive tree that crashed down on them in Central Park.

Antonio Russo of Williamsburg was riding his bike and was about 100 yards away when the tree fell near West 62nd Street.

The victims, a woman and three kids, were treated at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, an FDNY spokesman said.

"She came to, and started crying and going insane, and was yelling for the baby", Mr. Russo said.

While it's too early to tell why the tree fell, Geoffrey Croft, the president of NYC Park Advocates said, a tree's health often plays a role.

The FDNY said that the four people who were injured were treated by EMS at the scene and then taken to a nearby hospital.

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That obviously includes a whole lot of trees that fall under the jurisdiction of city agencies like the Parks Department or Central Park Conservancy, but what happens if you see a damaged tree in the city proper?

Jones said that the children who were trapped were 4, 3 and one years old. It took two seconds. "She just really wanted her baby".

The infant was on his mother when she was struck, O'Leary said, and he was quickly removed by civilians before the horseback unit arrived. "She was talking when she went into the ambulance, they had to go and chainsaw her out, and they put her in the ambulance and she was talking".

Update 11:25 a.m.: The NYPD has confirmed the injured persons were a 39-year-old woman and three children, though ages for the children were not available, and it's not unclear how many were her children.

The NYPD says to watch for road closures in the area. It's not yet clear why the tree fell.