SAN DIEGO - A eucalyptus tree fell at Marine Corps Recruit Depot next to the Command Museum Thursday and at least 15 people sustained some injuries, according to MCRD officials.
The incident was reported at 9 a.m. Families were gathered for graduating Marines and were watching the graduating company's Motivational Run when the tree fell.
"Had this tree fallen 15 minutes later, there would have been more people there and more who might have been hurt," said Heather Guerin, an employee at the museum.
The courtyard is where families wait for a briefing from a drill instructor before going to the base theater and ultimately reunited with their Marine the day before graduation.
MCRD officials said most of the injuries were minor, but two people were transported to local hospitals with moderate injuries. No further information was released regarding their condition.
"Drill instructors and other Marines rushed to the 30-foot tree to see if any family members were trapped under it," said Lynn Stuwart, the executive director of the museum whose office overlooks where the tree fell. "There was a loud boom."
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque said the department sent three ambulances and two fire engines to the scene.
The incident is under investigation.
Other eucalyptus trees on the base, which are notorious for their shallow root system, will be evaluated.
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