BEVERLY HILLS—Violent wind up to 55 mph wreaked havoc across Los Angeles on March 24 and continued into Wednesday morning, knocking out power in thousands of buildings and creating dangerous conditions for motorists and pedestrians.
Tuesday night’s gusts were so violent that a tree in Beverly Hills was uprooted, landing on a moving vehicle which resulted in a rescue attempt.
The tree, located near the intersection of Lexington Road and Benedict Canyon Drive, toppled and fell onto a Mercedes Benz. The car was crushed beneath the tree’s weight, trapping the driver inside the pinned vehicle.
Firefighters responded to the scene of the accident at approximately 8:30 p.m., slicing the roof of the vehicle to extricate the man from the Mercedes.
Following the rescue effort, the driver was in good enough health and able to speak with paramedics and firefighters. He was rushed to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Though winds across Los Angeles have calmed to current speeds of approximately 9 mph, city officials are left to deal with the fallout of Tuesday’s gusts, including damaged billboards and power lines.