A tree fell in Riverside Park around 92nd Street on Wednesday around 6 p.m., hitting at least three people and causing serious injuries, according to two witnesses and the FDNY.
“At 6:10 pm this afternoon, a huge branch broke off a tree in Riverside Park at 91st Street,” witness Helen Miller wrote to us. “It injured four people who had been sitting on the grass enjoying the end of what had been a beautiful afternoon. Two people were briefly pinned under the tree. Two others were hurt. Witnesses said two of the victims briefly lost consciousness, all four suffered from head injuries.”
“It appears that tree trimming work had been going on in that section of the park but was not in progress when the branch broke. Police from the 24th precinct as well as officers from the emergency service unit and the FDNY came with chainsaws and helped to rescue the victims.”
An FDNY spokesman told us three people were listed as injured and taken to St. Luke’s Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.
Bob Jones, another witness who also helped lift the tree off of the people, said it appeared there were four injuries, including two that were “pretty bad.” He took the photos below.
A Parks Department spokesperson wrote that they will “follow up tomorrow with a full inspection of the tree to attempt to determine the cause of limb failure.”