Portions of the tree that fell, injuring four on the NU campus (EFD photo)

Three people were transported to Evanston Hospital with injuries suffered early Thursday afternoon when they were hit by a tree that fell on Sheridan Road near Foster Street on the Northwestern University campus.

A fourth person was treated and released at the scene.

Fire Division Chief Kimberly Kull says one person transported to the hospital was in critical condition while the other two were in serious condition.

All the victims were pedestrians who’d been walking on the sidewalk when the tree fell.

She says when paramedics arrived they found the victims lying on the ground entrapped by the fallen tree limbs.

Ambulances from Wilmette and Winnetka were called in to assist Evanston paramedics

Evanston Police report that Sheridan Road was reopened to traffic about 12:40 p.m.

High north to northeast winds gusting to 35 miles per hour during Thursday’s snow storm may have been a factor in the incident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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