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Community - February 2, 2011

Woman injured in fall at M-A

Submitted by Menlo-Atherton High School student and journalist Tyler Finn, who was on the scene.

An 80-year-old woman was hospitalized Sunday night, Jan. 16, after she tripped on a speed bump and fell in the parking lot of Menlo-Atherton High School.

The fall caused a gash on the right side of her head, which bled profusely, but she did not lose consciousness.

The fall occurred around 6:15 p.m. after a Music@Menlo concert at the performing arts center at the school. Another woman who ran to help her also tripped on the speed bump and fell to the ground. However, she was unhurt.

Seven people gathered to assist the injured woman. M-A student and journalist Tyler Finn called 911. One of the injured woman's friends held tissues to the side of her head to control the bleeding.

The 911 dispatcher instructed those assisting the injured woman not to move her. The woman remained coherent and was able to answer basic questions.

An Atherton police officer was the first on the scene, followed by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District paramedics. An ambulance arrived soon after and she was put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

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