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High Winds Blow Over Construction Fence In Old City; Woman, Baby Unhurt

(The construction fence around the future Hotel Monaco is covered by advertising banners.  Photo by John McDevitt)

(The construction fence around the future Hotel Monaco is covered by advertising banners. Photo by John McDevitt)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This windy day in Philadelphia created some scary moments for a woman pushing her baby in a carriage this morning near Independence Hall.

At about 9 a.m., an approximately 10-foot section of chain-link fencing separating pedestrians from the construction site of the Hotel Monaco, at 5th and Chestnut Streets, started to blow over.

A woman and her baby were walking alongside the fence as it began to go over, and another woman and a man jumped in to hold the fence up.

“I got there as it was knocking this lady with a baby and carriage over,” the woman told KYW Newsradio, “and so a man got part of it and I got part of it. Then you came along to help us and they were able to put the pole back in the hole. But if the wind picked it up, it could pick it up again,” she added.

Construction workers were summoned to assist. The woman with the child was shaken; neither she nor her child was hurt.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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