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Girl Injured by Falling Tree Limb in Stable Condition, City to Check Parks

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) – The young girl injured after a large branch fell on her in a city park remains in the hospital Friday and now the city is going to look at every park to determine if other limbs may need to be trimmed back.

Late Thursday morning, police responded to Sarah Jane Sherman Park on Chicopee Street in Chicopee after receiving a call that a large branch had fallen from a tree onto an 11-year-old girl.

The branch that fell was overhanging into the park from a tree that was on private property.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was transported to Baystate Medical Center, where police said Friday, she remains in stable condition.

Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette called the limb falling a “freak” incident, noting that the limb appears to have made a clean break from the tree.

Bissonnette adds that it does not appear that falling branch was a result of damage from the October snowstorm. “There is no indication that [the limb falling] had anything to do with the storm or anything other than a tree just giving way,” he says.

The city is now going to examine the perimeters of all their parks to check for any other trees that may be overhanging and address those that need attention. “We are going to take a look at all the private property that abuts all of the city’s 30 parks, just to evaluate if there are overhanging branches that are so serious that they need to be trimmed back,” Bissonnette says.

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