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Woman struck by piece of bat at Fenway Park has ‘life-threatening injuries’

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A fan is attended to by medical staff after she was hit by a broken bat during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in the second inning at Fenway Park on June 5, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON — A woman struck by a piece of a baseball bat at Boston’s Fenway Park on Friday night suffered “life-threatening” injuries, Boston police spokesman David Estrada said.

The incident happened during the second inning of the Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics when Athletics’ third baseman Brett Lawrie was at bat.

Alex Merlas of Brookline told the Boston Globe, “Brett Lawrie hit the ball and the bat snapped in half near the end of the bat. It hit on the forehead to the top of the head … it was a blunt trauma and it was a lot of blood. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much blood.”

The woman, who was sitting along the third base line, was taken from the stadium on a stretcher and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“She seemed in shock, she was not aware of what was going on, pushing help away,” fan Arvald Karp told the Globe. “She was pushing the towel away, and she was out of it.”

The woman was sitting with her husband and son at the time, police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire told the Globe.

Witnesses posted their accounts of the incident on social media, describing a bloody scene.

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