Falling oak tree mars 49ers coaches outing

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In a development that the 49ers surely hope isn’t a harbinger of things to come in 2013 and beyond, a huge oak tree spontaneously broke apart and fell during an outing for the team’s coaches and their wives.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, two people not part of the 49ers contingency suffered injuries when the 150-year-old tree collapsed.  One man was injured in the parking lot at the San Jose Lawn Bowls Club.  A woman suffered a compound leg fracture.

49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman explained that he heard a loud crack, and that he and his wife starting running.  The tree landed in the spot where everyone had been standing.

“Very easily someone could have died,” Rathman said.

The group of roughly 20 consisted of 49ers assistant coaches and their wives.  Head coach Jim Harbaugh was not there.