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Woman, child injured by falling store gate in Brooklyn

Friday, June 08, 2012

A child and his babysitter were seriously hurt when a store security gate crashed onto them in Brooklyn Thursday.

The incident happened in Park Slope, at Fifth Avenue and President Street.

The 2-year-old boy and his 59-year-old babysitter were walking by the Fifth Avenue Cat Clinic around 4 p.m. when the 16-foot-wide rolled-up gate and its frame came off the building and fell onto them.

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The boy broke his leg and is listed in stable condition at Lutheran Hospital. The babysitter was treated and released.

Investigators from the Department of Buildings issued a failure to maintain violations to the building owners, but since the gates are not really a part of the building, the buildings department doesn't normally inspect them.

In May, a 12-year-old Brooklyn boy was crushed to death when he got caught in an electronic roll-up gate.

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