75-Foot Tree Topples, Injuring 8 Children
A 75-year-old pine tree injured eight children – two critically – when it came crashing down without warning in California.
The tree, which was 75 feet tall, fell at about 4:45 p.m. local time yesterday outside of the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, pinning several children beneath it.
Thirty-three children between the ages of 5 and 9 were standing outside waiting to be picked up after summer day camp when the tree toppled.
The pine tree fell on a clear day with little wind.
The Fire Department dispatched its urban search-and-rescue team to use power tools to cut apart the tree to ensure no one was trapped underneath.
Eight children, ranging from 6 to 8 years old, were injured. [City fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian] said six were treated at the scene for cuts, bumps and bruises and two were taken to a hospital in critical condition, although their conditions could change after doctors evaluate them.
All the children were alert and able to talk, she said.