10News journalists ‘in good spirits’ amid tough recovery

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two local broadcast journalists who were severely injured when a 50-foot tree fell on them as they were working a weather story in Mira Mesa amid a blustery winter storm remained hospitalized Wednesday.

10News Reporter Marie Coronel and cameraman Mike Gold were pinned by branches after the tree toppled in the 10100 block of Maya Linda Road about 5 a.m. Monday, according to the station and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The two journalists were in the area to report on storm damage — including other fallen trees — and had just finished a live update when the mishap occurred, according to 10News. Gold sustained a compound leg fracture.

On Tuesday, 10News reported he remained hospitalized but was "in good spirits” and was able to move around with the help of a walker. Coronel suffered a concussion and several broken bones, according to 10News. She is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday, but it may take months for her to make a full recovery.

A message on Coronel’s Facebook page said she was in stable condition, in good spirits, and grateful her injuries were not worse.

"Marie will be completely immobile for a little while and can’t respond, but messages and pictures are being passed along,” according to the post. "Marie is grateful for the prayers and well wishes.”

10News reported that both Gold and Coronel are expected to make a full recovery.

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