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8, including children, hurt by falling tree near kids museum

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Eight people, including several children, were injured when a tree fell outside of a children's museum in Pasadena, California. (KTLA)

Eight people, including several children, were injured when a tree fell outside of a children’s museum in Pasadena, California. (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.

The tree fell on some children waiting to be picked up by their parents after attending a summer 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.