Tree topples on elderly San Jose man


A 76-year-old man was injured when a tree he was cutting on his gazebo fell on him at his San Jose home this afternoon, a fire captain said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a tree that fell on a person at a home near Cropley Avenue and Conifer Lane around 1:10 p.m., San Jose fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.

The man was found pinned under the tree in the home’s backyard and transported to a hospital, Matlow said.

The man suffered a hand injury and minor scrapes to his arms and legs, according to Matlow.

The tree fell during last week’s storm on the home’s gazebo, he said.

The weight of the tree caused the gazebo to collapse this afternoon, Matlow said.

The gazebo appeared to be “totally destroyed” but the two-story home did not sustain damage from the fall, he said.

The man’s son said he and his father had planned on cutting the tree together, according to Matlow.

The man ended up cutting the tree on his own today when it fell, the fire captain said.

Matlow did not know the man’s condition this afternoon.

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