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Spectator injured when balcony railing gives way

A Boston Marathon spectator in Newton was rushed to the hospital this afternoon after the railing on her second-floor balcony gave way and she fell 18 feet, authorities said.

The woman was watching the race from her balcony on Commonwealth Avenue in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood at about 2 p.m. when the railing she was leaning on collapsed, said Newton Assistant Fire Chief Paul Chagnon.

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“Luckily, because of where she was standing, emergency officials had quick access to her,” Chagnon said.

The balcony overlooks the Marathon route, but she did not fall on to the roadway, he said.

The woman was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Chagnon said he was unsure of her condition.

Newton firefighters, police, and EMS workers came to the woman’s aid. A building inspector was investigating the balcony this afternoon, Chagnon said.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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