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A fan is attended to by medical staff after she was hit by a broken bat during the second inning of Friday game between the Boston Red Sox jerseys and the Oakland Athletics jerseys at Fenway Park. The game stopped and the woman was wheeled down the first base line to be transported to a local hospital.

A fan is attended to by medical staff after she was hit in the head by a broken bat during the second inning of Friday game between the Boston Red Sox jerseys and the Oakland Athletics jerseys at Fenway Park.

Show CaptionBOSTON A woman suffered life threatening injuries after she was struck in the face by a broken bat that flew into the stands during a Boston Red Sox jerseys game Friday at Fenway Park, officials said.

The woman, who was not identified, was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to Boston police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire. The victim was sitting with her husband and son at the time, McGuire said. EDT as the woman sat in the second row of the stands along the third base line.

A security guard who witnessed the accident said the woman suffered serious injuries to her face. A boy sitting near the woman was shaken up, according to the security guard.

The woman was hit in the second inning by a bat that broke after a swing by Brett Lawrie of the Oakland A who were at Fenway to play the Red Sox jerseys. The game was halted to attend to the woman and boy.

A number of fans witnessed the accident, including Alex Merlas of Brookline.

Lawrie hit the ball and the bat snapped in half near the end of the bat, Merlis told The Boston Globe. hit on the forehead to the top of the head it was violent. It was a blunt trauma and it was a lot of blood. She bled a lot. A lot. I don think I ever seen that much blood. Karp of Boston told the Globe, seemed in shock, she was not aware of what was going on, pushing help away. She was pushing the towel away, and she was out of it. to David Klappervich of Chicago, who was sitting with the other two fans, the piece of the bat helicoptered into the stands.

try to keep her in your thoughts and, hopefully, everything all right and try to get back to the task at hand, said Lawrie, when asked how he was able to refocus after what happened. everything OK and she doing all right.

seen bats fly out of guys hands in(to) the stands and everyone OK, but when authentic jerseys China one breaks like that, has jagged edges on it, anything can happen. about a rash of flying broken bats and the danger they posed, Major League Baseball studied the issue in 2008 and made a series of changes to bat regulations for the following season.

Multi piece bat failures are down approximately 50 percent since the start of the 2009 season, MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said.

Though dozens of baseball fans are struck by foul balls each season, there has been only one fatality, according to baseball researchers a 14 year old boy killed by a foul line drive off the bat of Manny Mota at Dodger Stadium in 1970.

The National Hockey League ordered safety netting installed at each end of NHL arenas after 13 year old Brittanie Cecil was killed by a deflected puck at a Columbus Blue Jackets game in 2002. She died two days later, and her parents eventually settled with the team for $1.2 million, the league and the arena management.

and foremost, our thoughts and concern, and certainly our prayers, go out to the woman that was struck with the bat, her and her family, Red Sox jerseys manager John Farrell said. scary moment, certainly.

you can think about is a family, they come 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 is certainly disturbing. Although we do not pre screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions.