KGTV Reporter, Photographer Hit By Toppling Tree

While covering severe weather Monday morning, two employees of KGTV San Diego (DMA 28) were injured by a falling tree.

Marie Coronel, news reporter, and Mike Gold, news photographer, were preparing for a live report when they were both knocked down by one tree. The two were covering the high winds at a scene in Mira Mesa where fallen trees damaged several cars. They were preparing for a 5 a.m. live report when a eucalyptus tree fell on top of them. Gold was able to call 911, and both were transported by ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla.

“At this time, our main concern is the health and well-being of our crew in the hospital,” said Joel Davis, KGTV station manager. “We appreciate the concern of the community and wanted to share what we know about the accident.”

As of 12:30 p.m. PT, Gold confirmed that he has a compound fracture in his leg and is undergoing surgery. Coronel’s husband tells KGTV she suffered some serious injuries and also will require surgery. He added that she’s facing an extensive recovery period.

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