Man rescued after tree falls, traps him inside car

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was rescued by firefighters after being trapped inside his car when a large pine tree fell on top of it in Beverly Hills Tuesday night.

Authorities received a call regarding a person trapped in a car at Lexington Road and Oxford Way. The strong winds had uprooted the large tree that had crushed the vehicle. It landed just inches away from the driver's seat.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and used the Jaws of Life to cut through the roof and peel back the shattered windshield of the black Mercedes to pull the driver out.

The man, who was still conscious, was transported to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition.

The old pine tree spanned the width of the road.

"Anytime you have an accident like this and can walk away from it, so to speak, very lucky driver," said Dave Grate, Beverly Hills fire battalion chief.

Gusty winds have also been felt in North Hollywood, where another tree toppled over and took down power lines.

In the Fairfax district, residents on Fourth Street heard a loud noise. It ended up being a small tree that had landed on two cars.

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