25-Foot, Nearly 2,000-Pound Branch Fell In Lincoln Park

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two girls escaped serious injury this weekend, when a massive tree branch fell on a walkway near a playground in Jersey City.

The 25-foot branch weighed nearly 2,000 pounds, Hudson County Sheriff’s spokesman Michael Makarski told The Jersey Journal. 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.

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The girls, ages 9 and 11, were both treated at an area 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 as of Sunday were still trying to determine what caused the tree limb to fall.

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