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Massive tree falls in Central Park, hurting a woman and 3 children

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CENTRAL PARK WEST — A massive tree fell onto a pedestrian walkway in Central Park Tuesday, injuring multiple people, authorities said.

The tree fell around 10 a.m. near Central Park West and Columbus Circle. A spokesman for the NYPD confirmed on Twitter that four people were hurt in the incident.

A woman was listed in critical condition and three children were among those injured, an FDNY spokesperson told PIX11 News. One of those injured children suffered serious injuries.

The NYPD mounted unit said they heard a "large crack" then the tree toppled quickly. The NYPD said the woman who was hurt was injured by branches, not the trunk of the tree.

The three children who were injured are brothers: an infant, 2-year-old and 4-year-old, police said. All the children were alert and conscious when emergency crews arrived.

Witness Andrea Sewell said she sits on a nearby bench enjoying her breakfast every morning. She was getting ready to leave when a terrifying sound jolted her.

"Just as I got up, I heard a popping sound. And when I looked, the tree just came and fell," Sewell said. "If it had come on our side on the side I was walking, maybe I wouldn't be here talking right now."

The City Parks Department said their crews are now inspecting the health and safety of surrounding trees in the vicinity

The Central Park Conservancy, a not for profit organization, maintains more than 20,000 trees in the park with regular inspections.

PIX11 News reached out to Central Park conservancy but have not receive a call back.