Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Girl, 11, dies after tree falls on vehicle in Newburgh

An 11-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on a parked auto during Tuesday afternoon's severe storms, according to city police.

The child and her mother had arrived home and were unloading the auto when the wind caused a large tree to topple onto the vehicle, authorities said.

There was a similar accident killed a woman just north of there who was also inside a auto when a tree came down.

The 11-year-old girl was extricated from the vehicle by the fire department and transported to St. Luke's hospital where she was pronounced dead. The girl's mother suffered only minor injuries.

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Another storm-related death was also reported in Newburgh. According to authorities, a person died after a tree fell onto a vehicle Brush Hill Road in New Fairfield.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was declaring a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties and said he was "deploying members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations".

Possible tornadoes were sighted and more 130,000 customers lost power late Tuesday.

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