8 kids hurt, 2 critical, by falling tree in California


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In this frame from video, authorities work to remove a tree that fell near Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, Calif. Witnesses state the tree made a splitting noise and came down on children just as a summer season day camp at the museum was blurting for the day.

Released Tuesday, July 28, 2015|6:35 p.m.

Updated Tuesday, July 28, 2015|7:51 p.m.

PASADENA, Calif.– A huge, ancient pine tree uprooted and fell onto children at a summer day camp Tuesday, hurting eight kids, 2 of them critically, fire authorities stated.

The 75-foot-tall, 75-year-old pine crashed without warning at around 5 p.m. simply outside the Kidspace Children’s Museum, city fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian stated.

The tree lies in Pasadena’s Brookside Park, simply outside the museum grounds near the Rose Bowl.

“I heard a tree fracture then I turned around and I saw little kids running and after that I saw the tree fall on top of the youngsters, perhaps about 5 or 7 of them,” Greg Prodigalidad informed KABC-TV.

Tim Scheidler, the museum’s marketing manager, stated, “It was the end of the day, so there were individuals gathered outside who were leaving and there was a camp group waiting for pickup by their father and mothers when the tree boiled down.”

Museum staff, firemans, parents and cops rapidly converged on the scene.

Prodigalidad stated he and some father and mothers hurried over and started pulling youngsters free of the branches.

The Fire Department dispatched its urban search-and-rescue group to utilize power devices to cut apart the tree to ensure nobody was trapped below.

Eight youngsters, varying from 6 to 8 years old, were hurt. Derderian stated 6 were dealt with at the scene for cuts, bumps and bruises and two were required to a hospital in important condition, although their conditions might alter after medical professionals examine them.

All the youngsters were alert and able to talk, she stated.

Hanna Lin of Altadena, who volunteers at the museum, said her daughters, ages 6 and 7, participated in the camp. They were sobbing and shocked but left injury, she informed KABC-TV.

“I myself saw two kids performed on stretchers and they were quite bloody. That brought tears to my eyes,” she stated. “Obviously they were doing arts and crafts directly under the tree when it fell on them.”

All of the 33 day campers were all accounted for and the museum prepared to resume as set up on Wednesday, Scheidler stated.

It was unclear exactly what made the pine fall on a warm, clear summer day with minimal winds.

California is in the middle of a severe drought that has actually continued for numerous years. However it had not been instantly understood if that might have played any function.

“We are drawing out an independent arborist to investigate what could have triggered this,” Derderian stated.

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