NORTH EASTON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A 10-year-old boy is in critical condition Thursday after sustaining serious injuries when a tree fell on him in Easton.
The incident occurred in the backyard of a home on Shagbark Road Thursday around 11 a.m. The initial investigation revealed that the boy was playing on a zip line tied between two trees. While riding on the zip line, the boy realized that one of the trees was not sturdy, officials said. He jumped off the line and attempted to run away, but was hit by the collapsing pine tree.
Walter Tyldesley rushed over from next door to try to help.
"My wife was in the laundry room having a cigarette, and she heard, 'Oh my God.' There was a tree that fell on one of the kids' back, from I guess a new Christmas gift or a zip line they were putting up," he said.
Tyldesley said the boy was "somewhat unconscious," but he tried to keep him awake.
"I was just holding his hand asking him to squeeze my finger to see if he was like you know, responding. His father was there telling him to breathe," he said.
When asked if the child was responsive, Tyldesley said, "not really too much."
Easton fire officials tell FOX 25 the tree hit the boy in the back. He was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition.
Easton officials have referred all questions from media outlets about the incident to the Bristol County District Attorney's office, who is calling this a tragic accident.