Several children injured by falling tree outside kids museum in California

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Tree falls outside children's museum in Pasadena (Courtesy: KTLA)

PASADENA, Calif.— Authorities say a huge tree has fallen near a Southern California children’s museum, injuring eight people — including several children — and two victims are in critical condition.

The pine tree, which is dozens of feet tall, uprooted around 5 p.m. Tuesday outside the entrance to the Kidspace Children’s Museum near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

According to KTLA, the tree fell on some children waiting to be picked up by their parents after attending a day camp.

Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian says two people were critically injured and six others had minor injuries. Two young children could be seen strapped to gurneys by paramedics.

A search and rescue team, firefighters and police officers cut and tore limbs from the tree as they searched for people who may have been trapped.

Kidspace Children’s Museum posted on Facebook:

“At approximately 4:45 pm on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. A tree just outside of Kidspace Children’s Museum in Brookside Park in Pasadena fell over. There were some injuries at the time of the incident but all Kidspace staff, campers, volunteers, and guests were accounted for. Emergency services were immediately called and arrived on the scene shortly after.

At this time, City of Pasadena officials have secured the scene and are investigating what may have caused the incident.

Thank you to the City of Pasadena first responders for their quick action and support, along with our Kidspace community and parents who helped immediately following the incident.”

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