Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

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

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

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

The girl and her mother had just gotten home from the grocery store and were unloading groceries from their SUV when winds blew the auto door shut, said Sgt. Joseph Rutigliano of the Newburgh Police Department. The girl was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Officials were notified of the accident in the Village of Chestnut Ridge just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

States of emergencies were declared in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties, which were hit by strong winds and marble-sized hail. The mother stood outside the vehicle in tears as the fire department worked.

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Officials said the girl and her mother had arrived home and were unloading the auto when wind caused a large tree to fall onto the vehicle. The victim's identity has not yet been released.

A Maryland commuter train out of Washington was delayed for about five hours Tuesday night because of the weather, and passengers had to evacuate the first level of the vehicle as a precaution from the rising waters. At least 87,000 people were without power, NBC New York reported. "It kind of gave me a chill when I first saw it".

The EF-0 tornado, with estimated peak winds of 85 miles per hour, left a path of destruction within minutes, according to the National Weather Service. One was a man who tried to escape from the storm by getting inside his pickup truck, the Hartford Courant reported. Newburgh is about 60 miles north of New York City. Storms damaged some of the city's older structures and blew the roofs off a couple of buildings. Some have even been observed to reach six feet or higher.

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