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Children injured by fallen tree at Auckland daycare

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 8/11/2016
The tree which fell and injured four children at Discoveries Educare in Newmarket, Auckland. © SNPA/Grahame Clark The tree which fell and injured four children at Discoveries Educare in Newmarket, Auckland.

Four children have been injured, with two in a serious condition, by a tree that fell on them at an Auckland childcare centre's playground.

The Fire Service was called to Discoveries Educare on Gillies Ave in Epsom, about 1.40pm.

St John Ambulance spokesperson Simon Barnett said it transported three children to Starship Hospital, and another was sent separately to the hospital.

Auckland District Health Board confirmed two young children, both in a serious condition, were at the hospital. 

Mr Barnett said one child was initially assessed as critically injured, one was seriously injured, one had moderate injuries and the fourth had minor injuries.

There were about 25 children at the centre at the time the tree fell, he said.

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A woman at the business next door, which ran the daycare, said the owner had gone to hospital with the injured children.

The daycare had all the trees on the property checked about three years ago and was told the tree that fell was fine at the time, she said.

RNZ's reporter at the scene said police were at the centre and anxious parents were arriving to collect their children.

Afsheen Kabir has a four-year-old daughter at the centre and said her child was fine, but she was feeling for the parents of the injured children.  The tree left one child in critical condition © SNPA/Grahame Clark The tree left one child in critical condition

WorkSafe said two inspectors were at the site and making initial enquiries.

Epsom MP David Seymour, whose electorate office was next door to the centre, said it was "very distressing" to hear what had happened.

"I see these children and their parents regularly," he said. "My thoughts are with these toddlers and their families."

The tree which fell and injured four children  © One News The tree which fell and injured four children 

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