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2 Children Escape Injury When Tree Falls in Santee

A baby and her older sister escaped injury when a large tree fell on their family's minivan in Santee Sunday, crushing the driver's side roof. 

Powerful winds have downed dozens of trees and utility poles throughout San Diego County as the result of a winter storm that arrived just before noon.

One couple was in the Wal-Mart parking lot at Town Center Parkway in Santee around 3 p.m. when a tree fell on the family's van. 

A family member told NBC 7 the children's mother called asking for help.

“She said a tree had just hit her car and I was scared to death,” family member Robert McKechnie told NBC 7.

McKechnie rushed to the parking lot to help.

The couple suffered minor injuries but their three-year-old daughter and their baby in the back seat were both unharmed. Both parents were transported to the hospital.

People in the parking lot, and WalMart managers, also rushed to help the family. 

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