San Diego TV reporter, photographer hurt by falling tree


A San Diego area TV reporter and photographer surveying storm damage Monday morning were injured when a tree fell on them in Mira Mesa in northern San Diego.

Marie Coronel and Mike Gold of KGTV’s 10News were on Maya Linda Road south of Carroll Canyon Road where they were doing live reports for the morning newscast when they were hurt, KGTV reported.

Gold, who was able to call 911, suffered a compound leg fracture and had to undergo surgery. Coronel was seriously injured and will also require an operation, her station reported.


Well wishes were being posted on the station’s Facebook page, and the station issued the following statement:

“ABC10/KGTV confirms that while covering severe weather this morning, two KGTV employees were injured by a falling tree.

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“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, station manager at ABC10/KGTV. “We appreciate the concern of the community and wanted to share what we know about the accident.”


As of 12:30 p.m., Gold confirmed that he has a compound fracture of his leg and is undergoing surgery. Coronel’s husband tells ABC10/KGTV she suffered some serious injuries and also will require surgery. He added that she’s facing an extensive recovery period.”

Baker writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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