Five hurt after tree falls in Garfield Park

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All five victims who were injured when a tree fell on them have been discharged from the hospital, the daughter of People’s Church Reverend Teresa Stratton, Jasmine Stratton, told ABC7.

The tree branch that fell and injured people. (Photo: Jorge Gadala-Maria)

The victims, including three children, were hurt after a large tree fell on people in Garfield Park in SE D.C. Tuesday afternoon.

The tree fell about 1:45 p.m. in the park, located in the 600 block of 3rd Street SE. Authorities report the adults victims suffered from serious injuries and the children suffered from serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“Today was fun day in the park, but it turned out anything but fun,” Teresa Stratton, of the People’s Church, said. “We heard a crack and it just came down.”

The victims were transported to a local hospital.

A church summer camp group was having a "day in the park" when the tree suddenly snapped and fell on them.

The most seriously injured was a 17-year-old, who was knocked unconscious. Three other victims were between 6-year-old and 8-years-old and one was 51.

"Many times we've had branches fall on a park like this,” Bill Phillps, Friends of Garfield Park said. “You wish it didn't happen of course."

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