2 Girls Hit, Hurt by Massive Tree Branch

Sunday, Jul 7, 2013  |  Updated 7:49 PM EDT
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2 Girls Hit, Hurt by Massive Tree Branch

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Two young girls escaped serious injury when a massive tree branch fell on a walkway near a Jersey City playground.

Hudson County Sheriff's spokesman Michael Makarski told The Jersey Journal that officials believe the 25-foot-long branch weighed nearly 2,000 pounds. It did not directly strike the girls, but they were hit by outer foliage and smaller branches when the limb fell around 5 p.m. Saturday in Lincoln Park.

The girls, ages 9 and 11, were both treated at a hospital and released later Saturday. The 11-year-old had minor neck and back injuries, while the 9-year-old was treated for minor cuts to her arm and a possible broken wrist.

County officials are still trying to determine what caused the tree limb to fall.

 

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