GoFundMe created for family injured by fallen tree at San Antonio Zoo

The Rodriguez family was enjoying the zoo for spring break when the incident occurred, according to social media posts from friends of the family. Members of the family are suffering from minor bruises. However, their 8-year-old girl is in the ICU in critical condition.

“I’m pretty sore but so scared for my baby girl,” Crystal Rodriguez wrote in a Facebook post. “Please pray she comes out okay.”

The San Antonio Zoo released a statement after the tree “unexpectedly broke” and fell on the family. Tim Morrow, president and CEO of the San Antonio Zoo, stated the Zoo is “working with its internal and external teams to investigate the cause of the breakage to prevent the unusual event from happening again.”

“The safety of our guests, staff, and animals is always our highest priority,” Morrow said. “Our gratitude is with the guests, staff, and first responders who assisted during this incident, and our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to those injured and their families, as well as those who witnessed this accident.”

Visitor Brandy Lorraine said she was at the zoo with her 9-year-old daughter when the incident occurred near the zoo’s carousel. She said she was sitting on a bench right next to the tree when she heard the cracking of the limb. Lorraine said a large part of the tree fell on top of the benches where people were sitting. 

“It was a freak accident. It was so scary,” Lorraine said. “I saw a woman running for help with blood on her hands. I heard people screaming. I just hope everyone is OK. Thinking about it now is even scarier because any little detour could have put us in that spot.”

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