Falling tree strikes 2 New Rochelle Parks and Recreation workers

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NEW ROCHELLE -

Two New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department workers were injured Wednesday by a fallen tree.

News 12 was told that seven Parks and Recreation employees were working at Neptune Park doing routine cleanup - and not working on that tree - when the tree came crashing down.

The huge oak tree was estimated to be about 30 feet high.

The workers have been identified as Dante Dixon and Christian Valdavinos.

Both were taken to Jacobi Medical Center.

New Rochelle City Manager Charles Strome told News 12 that one of the workers got hit in the head and needs stitches. He said the other worker got hit in the back and was pinned for a bit.  Strome said both are expected to be OK.

Strome said both men have been working for the Parks Department for more than four years. He also says that the tree wasn’t marked for removal, adding the city has a dedicated inspector who examines the age and fortitude of trees inside city parks.

The tree ignited sparks from nearby electric lines, but no power outages were reported.

 

 

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