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Boy critically injured when tree topples in Easton

A 10-year-old boy was critically injured when a tree fell on top of him in Easton on Thursday morning, authorities said.

The boy was playing on a zip line between two trees at a home on Shagbark Road when it became apparent one tree was giving way. The boy tried to jump off the line and escape but was struck by the falling pine tree, Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter’s office said.

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Easton Fire Lieutenant Ron Keeman said the boy was not pinned under the tree. Several other people were with him in the backyard at the time, one of whom called authorities shortly after 11 a.m., Keeman said.

The boy was rushed to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, but was later transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital, Sutter’s office said.

Authorities did not identify the boy. No further information was released on his injuries.

“The incident is being treated as a tragic accident at this time,” Sutter’s office said.

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