Huge Tree Falls On Woman, Girl In Santa Ana

SANTA ANA (CBS) — A massive tree came crashing down on top of a woman and girl in a Santa Ana condo complex Monday afternoon.

Both did not suffer any major injuries.

“All of a sudden I see this shadow coming down and then a huge loud thump,” said Stephanie Snow, who was studying on her couch when strong winds toppled a tree by her front door at the corner of Fairview Street and Segerstron Avenue.

“People were freaking out. Running around screaming and crying,” she said.

A 10-year old girl and a 60-year old woman were pinned underneath.

“The little girl was more encased underneath all of the tree and everything,” Snow said.

She dialed 911 and called out to her next-door neighbor to help the little girl, who was trapped.

“He jumps over the balcony and a couple of the guys start pulling it up and this little girl just laying down on her stomach underneath it. [She] could not move, she didn’t even make a peep. And they pulled her out,” Snow said.

The woman was able to get out on her own.

Snow said the intersection had been filled with people at the time because a bus had dropped off some school children.

“Tons of little kids. There was only probably, I don’t know, five to seven — four or five adults that were able to really help pull that little girl out of it,” she said.

The girl was treated and released from an area hospital for minor injuries. The woman did not require medical treatment.

Ironically, the tree had been scheduled to be removed Tuesday, a day after the accident.


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