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Freak Accident

Fan left fighting for her life after being hit by broken bat which flew into the crowd

Reports suggest the woman was at the game with her husband and son.

A WOMAN STRUCK in the face by a broken bat at Fenway Park is fighting for her life, according to reports in the American media.

In the second inning of Boston Red Sox’s match against the Oakland Athletics, Brett Lawrie’s bat broke and part of it flew into the crowd.

Paramedics and police quickly attended to the woman, who was eventually removed from the stadium on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital.

Numerous reports have quoted Boston Police spokesperson David Estrada saying the woman suffered “life-threatening” injuries. Lawrie – the Athletics’ third baseman – called for more netting behind home plate at Fenway Park.

“You’ve got limited netting here in Boston,” he said. “When you’re behind home plate and you’re along the third base side and first base side, you’ve really got to be heads-up for foul balls, anything coming into the stands, because it’s so close there’s really no time to react.”

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After the game, which Boston won 4-2, Red Sox manager John Farrell said: “Our thoughts and concern and certainly our prayers go out to the woman who was struck with the bat, her, and her family.

“All you can think about is a family coming to a ballgame to hopefully get three hours of enjoyment and unfortunately with how close our stands are to the field of action… an accident like this tonight, it’s certainly disturbing.”

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