8 children hurt when tree falls outside SoCal museum

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PASADENA, Calif. -- At least two children were hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after a 70-foot tree fell down outside the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.

A third child was taken to the hospital by a grandparent and was listed in good condition, KTLA reported.

Five other children suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, according to Lisa Derderian with the Pasadena Fire Department.

The 75-year-old pine tree came down around 4:50 p.m. in a grassy area near the entrance to the museum, according to fire officials.

“All of the sudden I hear this cracking noise and I turn around and I saw this big tree just all of the sudden fall down,” said witness Greg Prodigalidad. “And I saw all the little kids just run.”

Groups of children regularly attend summer day camp at the museum, according to the museum’s website. This week, 33 campers between ages 6 and 8 were attending the sold-out Water Wonders Camp, museum officials said.

The injured children were day campers who were waiting for their parents to pick them up in Brookside Park, according to Tim Schidler with the Kidspace Children Museum.

Read the full story on KTLA.com.

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