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11-Year-Old Injured When Tree Falls in Goodwin Park in Hartford

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    Boy Injured When Tree Falls in Goodwin Park in Hartford

    An 11-year-old boy was hurt when a tree fell in Goodwin Park in Hartford Tuesday.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018)

    An 11-year-old boy was hurt when a tree fell in Goodwin Park in Hartford Tuesday.

    Hartford police said a group of children was playing basketball when the tree, which was marked for removal, snapped and fell. 

    The boy was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.

    Police and the Department of Public Works responded to investigate.

    Michael Looney, the interim deputy director of public works, said after trees are marked for removal there is a 10-day waiting period for public comment before the trees can come down.

    "We've marked a number of trees for removal that was a short time ago so we were still within the period where the public got to comment on whether they should come down or not," Looney said.

    Looney said there are a total of six trees in the area slated for removal.

    "If we believed a tree was in imminent danger to the public we would obviously take safety measures," Looney added. "That was not the case here. these trees were simply marked as not as healthy as we would like to see that's why it was marked for removal."

    More information was not immediately available. NBC Connecticut has a crew on scene and will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.