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Tree limb snaps injuring several people

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Seven members of a church group, including children, were rushed to the hospital after two tree limbs fell on them in Overton Park. Fortunately, every victim is expected to survive. 

When the limbs fell, seven people were injured, some knocked unconscious and trapped under the debris. All have been downgraded from critical condition and have been released from the hospital or will be soon. 

Picnickers at Overton Park sit relaxing, kids giggling, oblivious to the Labor Day chaos just on the other side of the park as people search for those injured and buried by debris after two large limbs snapped and fell on a picnic table full of food and people.  

"There was one little boy. I found him under the tree unconscious," witness Sharon Dickerson said.

She found Kaivion Battle, one of three children scratched and cut, along with his sister Makaiya and cousin Jaden Polk. 

"Kaivion Battle is my son. He had to have six stitches. And a lot of abrasions. Makaiya had a lot of scratches and knot on her head," the children's mother Jennifer Battle said. 

Their cousin had a large bump on the back of his head. In addition to the three children, two adults were injured by the limbs, two others with first and second degree burns when the limbs splashed hot cooking grease.  

Around 30 people, all members of Holy Calling Fellowship Church on National in Memphis, huddled around the large cement picnic table now cracked.  

Park visitors are shocked looking at the huge limbs.  

"You can't plan for everything. Freak accidents do happen," park visitor Avery Edwards said. 

They do and these young boys out fishing were witnesses to this one. Now, they can't help but look overhead.  

"I'm looking to around to make sure no trees fall but those trees in there. They are sturdy," Chris Holt said. 

The kids were taken to Lebonheur Children's Hospital. All but one of the children have been released after being checked by a neurologist.  

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