Woman Hurt by Falling Tree Branch in Manhattan Park: FDNY

The victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition

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    A huge branch came crashing down on a woman during a basketball game in East Harlem Monday night. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Monday, Jul 29, 2013)

    A woman was hurt when part of a large tree fell and hit her during a crowded basketball game in a Manhattan park Monday evening, officials say.

    A huge tree branch fell down across part of a basketball court at 102nd Street and First Avenue in East Harlem at about 8 p.m., hitting the woman, according to the FDNY. 

    Michelle Woods said she was getting ready to pass the ball to her friend when she realized her friend was trapped. The victim complained her back and neck were hurting her. 

    "She was like, 'I am not all right,'" said Woods.

    Neighbor Willie Agront rushed over when he saw the commotion.

    "We heard a noise, we went over and saw the tree that was on the floor," said Agront. "And then we realized someone was underneath."

    Woods, who works at a hospital, made sure others waited for the professionals to help the victim. 

    "I didn't want anyone to touch her. When you move someone, you don't know what can happen," she said. "When they came, they did their job." 

    The woman was taken to New York Cornell Hospital, where she was listed in serious but stable condition. 

    Police cordoned off the basketball court and park as they investigated. 

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