(CHELSEA, Mass.) — Two children have been hospitalized with “significant injuries” in Boston after a giant tree fell on them as they played in a neighborhood public park.
The pair of boys, ages 2 and 8, were playing Monday evening just before 7 p.m. at Washington Park in Chelsea, Massachusetts, when the tree next to them crashed to the ground, authorities said.
Surveillance video showed people running in to help rescue the two boys and other children who had been playing in the area. Chelsea authorities said the part of the park where the children were was a “children’s playing area.”
The names of the two boys, both from Chelsea, were not released. Authorities said one boy was being treated for a possible fractured skull. They did not specify which boy. Those in the park reported hearing a large cracking sound right before the tree toppled, authorities said.
Washington Park has been closed and will remain closed until the trees in the park have been checked, authorities said.
“I am wishing both of the injured children a speedy recovery,” Chelsea Police Chief Brian Keyes said in a statement.
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