Eight children, ranging from 6 to 8 years old, were reportedly hospitalized after a tree fell in a public park outside of a children’s museum in Pasadena, Calif. Tuesday evening.
Two children were critically injured, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said, though their conditions could change upon evaluations. Fox News reported that six children escaped with only minor injuries and were treated for cuts and bruises.
It was not immediately known what caused the 75-foot-tall, 75-year-old pine tree to fall as the Kidspace Children’s Museum was closing. “At this time, City of Pasadena officials have secured the scene and are investigating what may have caused the incident,” a statement by the Pasadena Fire Department read.
Campers were waiting for their parents to pick them up from a day camp when massive tree fell. The tree is located just outside of the museum in Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl.
Tim Scheilder, the museum’s marketing manager, said that “It was the end of the day, so there were people gathered outside who were leaving and there was a camp group waiting for pickup by their parents when the tree came down,” Fox News reports.
Greg Prodigalidad told KABC-TV that he heard the tree crack and saw “maybe about five or seven” little kids get trapped under the tree. He and some of the parents rushed to the scene to free the children. The Fire Department’s search-and-rescue team responded to the incident around 5 p.m. to cut the tree apart and be sure no one else was trapped.
A number of day-camp summer activities are offered at the museum, and 33 children were in attendance on Tuesday. All of the children have been accounted for and the museum plans to reopen as planned on Wednesday. The number of children injured in the incident that were campers is unknown. No staff members were hospitalized.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.