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1-Year-Old Townsend Boy Dies After Being Hit By Falling Tree

TOWNSEND (CBS/AP) — A 1-year-old Townsend boy died after he and his father were struck by a falling tree Friday night.

The 15-month-old boy, identified as Jaxx Sellers, was being held by his father at about 7:45 p.m. Friday when the dead tree in the yard of their New Fitchburg Road home was apparently blown over. Firefighters called it a "very tragic" event.

The father was not seriously injured, other than a few scratches on his forearm, police said.

The child was taken by ambulance to a nearby landing area, then flown by medical helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

The boy died Saturday, police said.

The death was a "freak accident," Townsend police Chief James Sartell told the Lowell Sun.

The National Weather Service had issued a wind advisory, with wind gusts up to 50 mph, in the Townsend area at the time.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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