Blizzard triggers falling branches on campus, one woman injured

A 23-year old woman, unaffiliated with MIT, walking along Main Street was struck on the back of her neck and pinned by a falling branch at the corner of Main Street and Vassar Street around 3:50 p.m. today. According to Lieutenant Kenneth J. Albert of East Cambridge Fire Department’s Engine 3, she never lost consciousness.

A woman was struck by a tree branch while wallking along Main Street just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12.

“She was pretty banged up,” said Albert.

She was taken on a backboard to Massachusetts General Hospital by the MIT Ambulance around 4:10 p.m.

Earlier, a large branch of a tree between the east parallel of East Campus and the Saxon Tennis Courts fell towards the east at 1:30 p.m. today, most likely due to the blizzard conditions. Seven students were in the vicinity, but no students were hurt in the incident.

Several other tree branches are down around campus, including one on the sidewalk outside of Burton Conner. Also, a glass globe on top of a lamppost near the southwest corner of the west parallel of East Campus fell and broke.

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