On Wednesday around 5 p.m., the Suffern Police Department responded to 61 Hillside Avenue in the Village of Suffern for a report of a woman struck and injured by a falling tree.

Arriving officers found 88-year-old Barbara Soleski of Suffern underneath a large tree. Neighbors were trying to save her when first responders arrived.

When the tree fell it struck live electrical lines which also came down to the ground within a few feet of the woman and first responders, police say. This made it dangerous and difficult to get to the woman.

After Soleski was removed from the tree, a large branch broke off another tree and nearly hit emergency workers.

Soleski, who lives at the home and was shoveling when she was hit by the tree, was taken to local hospital with serious injuries.

She succumbed to her wounds which included a head injury at the hospital, police say.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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