A man made an agonized plea to 911 dispatchers after his leg was crushed by a falling tree that split his home in two.
It all happened last week in Gastonia, North Carolina. The unnamed victim was left pinned in his chair after a huge tree trunk crashed through his mobile home and landed on top of him. Authorities say the man was begging for help.
Local TV News WSOC reports that it took almost two hours for firefighters to free the man from under the tree. The man was then airlifted to the hospital with a broken leg and has since undergone surgery.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the victim, who lives in the mobile home with his wife, had been worried about the tree before. A neighbor also told the newspaper that the two had been saving up to have the tree cut down.
Even though building codes have improved over the years for mobile homes, many experts still believe they are not safe during severe weather events. According to NOAA, people living in mobile homes are especially at risk for injury and death. Even anchored mobile homes can be seriously damaged when wind gusts are stronger than 80mph.
However, wind gusts of only 40-50mph can knock down trees, which could land on your home.
So two things here to learn and discuss… If you live in a mobile home, get out during severe weather events. Go to a sturdier building. Next, you need to look out for trees on your property. Do they pose a threat?
According to treeremoval.com, here’s the ‘average’ cost for removal.
Up to 25 Feet Tall – Between $150 and $500
25 Feet Tall to 75 Feet Tall – Between $200 and $1,000
75 Feet Tall or Higher – At least $1,500
(sources: NOAA, WSOC, Charlotte Observer, treeremoval.com)