MANHATTAN, NY – Four people were hospitalized when a tree fell on them in Riverside Park.
Three women and a man, aged 48 to 55 years old, were sitting underneath a tree in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side at 6:10 p.m. on May 27 when the tree fell on top of them. Two of the women experienced head trauma while the third suffered both head and arm injuries. The man’s arm was injured.
All four were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment.
Police say that none of the injuries was serious, although that cannot be independently confirmed at this time. They were listed in stable condition as of Wednesday night.
Employees from the Park Department removed the fallen tree after the incident.
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