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Central Park Tree That Fell on Mom and Kids Was ‘Decayed,’ Officials Say

(DNAINFO) Ben Fractenberg and Jackson Chen | August 16, 2017 — The tree that collapsed in Central Park on Tuesday, nearly killing a mother and her three children, was rotted at the roots, according to the private company charged with maintain the park.

The American elm tree toppled over as a “result of decay in the root system beneath the surrounding pavement,” according to the Central Park Conservancy, which is tasked with maintaining the park’s 20,000 trees

On Tuesday, the tree’s upper branches crashed on top of 39-year-old Anne Monoky Goldman while her infant was strapped to her chest and she was pushing her two other young boys in a stroller on West Driver near 59th Street, officials said.

“The tree had been inspected annually over the last six years, most recently in November 2016, and there were no visible signs of decay or disease,” the Conservancy said in a statement Wednesday.

“The Conservancy employs tree crews seven days a week who regularly inspect and maintain Central Park’s nearly 20,000 trees according to industry standards.”

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