11-year-old New York girl killed when tree topples onto car during storm

A state of emergency was declared in several New York counties during Tuesday's storm.

In this Tuesday, May 15, 2018 photo, storm clouds gather over New York city seen from the Hudson River. A line of strong storms pushed across New York City and badly disrupted the evening commute, stranding thousands of train riders. (AP Photo/Denis Paquin)
Storm clouds gather over New York City on Tuesday, as seen from the Hudson River. –Denis Paquin / AP

NEW YORK (AP) — An 11-year-old New York girl was killed when a tree toppled onto the car she was in as a line of strong storms moved through the area.

Police in Newburg say the girl and her mother had arrived home and were unloading the car when wind knocked the tree onto the vehicle.

The girl was pulled from the car and taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. The mother suffered minor injuries.

States of emergencies were declared in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties, which were hit by strong winds and marble-sized hail.

Possible tornadoes were sighted and more 130,000 customers lost power late Tuesday.


In New York City, thousands of commuters were stranded in Grand Central Terminal after rail lines were temporarily suspended due to downed trees.

Commuters inside Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday. —Jeenah Moon / The New York Times