A transient man sleeping inside a community garden shed on Newell Road Tuesday evening was trapped inside after a large oak tree fell on the building, crushing his leg.
At 11:32 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, Palo Alto fire units were dispatched to 1213 Newell Road after neighbors heard a man inside crying for help and called 9-1-1.
A 2- to 3-foot round oak tree fell on the shed and landed on the man, who sought refuge from the cold, rainy weather, according to a Fire Department press release. The tree landed on the man's left leg.
Fire Department personnel used air bags, cribbing and a safety support device, called a Rescue 42, to lift and stabilize the tree, the city said. The ground, saturated with water, and the tree's weight pushed the air bags to their limit, but crews were able to extricate the man in approximately 40 minutes. He was transported to Stanford University Hospital at approximately 12:27 a.m. Wednesday.