Chelsea Police, Fire and EMS responded to Washington Park last evening at 6:59PM after a report of a large tree had fallen on several children in the “children’s playing area” of the park. Witnesses reported hearing a cracking sound just prior to the large tree falling on the children. Two of the children were transported to both Whidden Hospital in Everett and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for their injuries. The injured boys, age 2 and 8 both of Chelsea suffered significant injuries including one being treated for a possible fractured skull. Chelsea officials quickly closed the park as precaution and have ordered the park closed until an inspection of other trees in the park are deemed safe.
Chief Brian A. Kyes stated ” I am wishing both of the injured children a speedy recovery and am grateful that others in the park escaped injury.” “I also thank the other adults in the park who acted quickly to remove the children from the debris and by assisting first responders”
Tree falling 5-4-15 Video from City of Chelsea CityView camera system