Falling tree branch kills girl, critically injures mom at Central Park in New York

13:29, June 27, 2010      

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A six-month-old girl was killed and her mother critically injured on Saturday when a tree branch cracked off and fell onto them outside the Central Park Zoo in New York City, local media reported.

The tragedy happened just as the infant's father was taking a picture of his 33-year-old wife and the baby, The New York Times reported, citing police.

The branch snapped from about 10 meters above and struck the woman, who fell to the ground, her baby in her arms.

The two were rushed to hospital, where the infant was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

It was the third time in less than a year that someone had been injured or killed by a falling tree branch in Central Park.

On Feb. 25, a 46-year-old man died when a snow-laden branch snapped off and struck him.

On July 30, a 33-year-old woman was seriously injured when a rotting branch fell about 2 meters from a large pin oak near an entrance of the park, the report said.

Source: Xinhua


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