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Children hit by falling tree in Central Park

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A woman and her three children were struck by a massive tree that toppled in Central Park on Tuesday — leaving her unconscious briefly before she awoke and asked about the kids, officials and witnesses said.

The tree fell about 10 a.m. along West Drive near West 62nd Street, where the woman was strolling with an infant strapped to her chest and a double stroller with two toddlers, a witness said.

“I couldn’t see her, but her kids were screaming and crying,” Jack Jones, 39, a nurse from Michigan who had been jogging with his wife, told The Post.

“She was out for three minutes, then woke up immediately asking about her kids,” he added.

Jones said he and his wife jumped into action to help the victims – clearing the branches and staying with the kids until an ambulance arrived.

A couple of cops on horseback joined in the rescue efforts moments later, he said.

The woman and her children was taken by ambulance to Cornell Hospital with serious injuries, according to fire officials.

J. Peter Donald, the assistant commissioner for communication and public information for the NYPD, posted on Twitter that “all injuries are not life threatening.”

Jones and his wife — who are visiting the Big Apple with their kids – were jogging from the Central Park reservoir to their temporary apartment at 51st Street and Seventh Avenue when the tree crashed right in front of them.

The Parks Department said in a statement: “Crews have mobilized immediately to clear the tree and investigate the incident.”

It’s not clear what caused the tree, which is maintained by the Central Park Conservancy, to fall.

A message left with the conservancy wasn’t immediately returned.

“Just witnessed this massive tree fall in Central Park. Several people stuck underneath,” @erinade tweeted from inside a cab.

Another user tweeted that the tree toppled as he was out on a jog.

“Holy cow. Out for my run-walk in Central Park and this giant tree just fell down on the road I was running 20 mins ago,” @linorulli posted shortly after 10 a.m.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/08/15/children-hit-by-falling-tree-in-central-park/

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