Snow-Laden Tree Branch Falls on Man at Green Lake Dog Park

February 8, 2017|Posted in: Green Lake, Green Lake News, Green Lake Park, Public Safety

After Monday morning’s excessive snow fall, many trees around the city were laden with an unprecedented amount of fresh snow. The consequences of that were serious for one dog-walker, who was injured when a tree fell on him.

At around 12:20 p.m., Seattle Fire received reports that a tree had fallen in the Lower Woodland Off-Leash Dog Area, trapping a man underneath. Witnesses reported that a pine tree fell on the man as he was walking his dog.  

“We heard the tree crack,” said Michelle Larsen, a witness to the event. “And I yelled ‘run.’ And we were standing in kind of a triangle and the tree fell in the middle. And me and my other friend were on the outside and we got hit by the branches. And Scott got hit square by the tree.”

“And we all came running down,” said Sundar Srinivasan, an eyewitness. “We tried to lift the tree up, but it was too heavy.  And somebody called the ambulance, 911. And they all came in five minutes.”

Crews responded to the area and freed the man, who had sustained injuries. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, and is expected to recover fully after undergoing intensive care.

Officials closed the dog park due to the risk of more falling branches. “This is the second tree apparently that came down this morning here in the dog park,” Seattle Fire Battalion Chief William Simpson said Monday. “So just in the abundance of caution, thought it would be prudent to shut down until the arborist can come out here and evaluate the rest of the trees in that park.”

The Lower Woodland Off-Leash Dog Area was reopened Tuesday after the snow melted.

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