4 Northwestern University staff members hurt, 1 critically, by falling tree on Evanston campus

The four were walking on a sidewalk on Sheridan Road when the large tree fell.

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Police tape blocks off a fallen tree and branches near the Donald Jacobs Center at Northwestern University after a tree fell and injured 4 students as they were walking between classes, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, in Evanston, Ill.

Police tape blocks off a fallen tree and branches near the Donald Jacobs Center at Northwestern University in Evanston after a tree fell and injured four people on Thursday.

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Four Northwestern University staff members were hurt, one of them critically, when a tree fell Thursday on the school’s campus in Evanston.

Police and fire officials responded about noon when the large tree collapsed and struck four people walking on a sidewalk near the 2000 block of Sheridan Road, according to a tweet from Evanston police.

The Daily Northwestern reported the tree fell between Lunt Hall and the Jacobs Center, and a photo showed the trunk resting near benches along a sidewalk.

One person was taken to Evanston Hospital in critical condition, police and fire officials said. Two others were taken to the same hospital in serious condition.

The fourth person was treated and released at the scene.

“The University is working with an arborist to determine what caused the tree to fall, and if other trees in the area are potentially compromised,” Northwestern said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the members of the community who were injured, as we await updates on their conditions.”

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