Girl, 11, killed when tree falls on vehicle in Newburgh

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

The powerful storms that moved through the New York area Tuesday left at least four people dead, including an 11-year-old girl in Orange County, New York.

Officials pulled the girl from the auto and rushed her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. In Danbury, Conn., a teenager suffered serious injuries after being hit by the roof of a baseball dugout.

Another storm-related death was also reported in Newburgh. The victim's identity has not yet been released. The girl and her mother had arrived home on Robinson Avenue in Newburgh at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and were unloading the auto when police say the wind caused a large tree to topple onto the vehicle.

Possible tornadoes were sighted and more 130,000 customers lost power late Tuesday. Crews of volunteers armed with chainsaws were out cutting up and removing trees from roads.

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Hundreds of toppled trees were reported across New York, New Jersey, and CT as the storm knocked out power to 250,000.

In the Village of Walden, a state of emergency has been declared because of storm damage. Amid heavy rain, high winds, and marble- to baseball-sized hail, states of emergency were declared in several NY counties, though calm had mostly descended by nightfall. The Metro-North commuter railroad said Tuesday evening that downed trees across the tracks had caused it to suspend service on its Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines.

Newburgh school officials were notified of this incident.


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