Hartford Fire Dept: 11-year-old boy seriously injured by falling tree

HARTFORD --  Fire officials said an 11-year-old boy was seriously injured after a tree fell on him Tuesday night.

Lt. Brian Thompson of the Hartford Fire Department said the incident happened near the entrance of Goodwin Park, at the corner of Maple Avenue and South Street.

Thompson said the child suffered serious injuries and was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for care. At this time, his condition is unknown.

No other details were released.

Mayor Luke Bronin released a statement on Wednesday afternoon:

“My heart goes out to the young man who was injured yesterday, and we pray for a quick and full recovery.  Over the last several weeks, the city has been assessing the health of trees around the City of Hartford, and we’ve tagged more than one hundred trees for removal through the process laid out in our tree ordinance and state statute.  If our team identifies a tree as an imminent danger to the public, we remove it as quickly as possible – and we have removed a number of trees through that emergency removal process.  That said, assessing the health of trees is not an exact science, and although this tree was identified for removal, it was not identified as an emergency threat.  We will continue to do our best to identify trees that pose a risk and remove them as quickly as possible.”