San Francisco firefighters rescued an elderly man Sunday afternoon after a tree reportedly fell on him in John McLaren Park.
The man called 911 and said he was trapped underneath a fallen tree at about 3 p.m. Firefighters did not know his location but found him soon after.
The man had serious injuries, according to San Francisco fire, and he was taken to the hospital at about 4 p.m. but was released after a few hours.
The man was sitting under a tree, listening to music, when he was hit. Park Rangers spent several hours investigating the scene, but have not made their findings public.
Some hikers in the area believe the fallen branch does not put them at risk, the accident wasn’t enough to deter their Sunday evening hike.
"I usually go on a lot for the side trails and they are usually pretty well cleared," hiker Kareem Osman said.
For other San Francisco residents, like Cindy Villasenor, who visits McLaren Park frequently, the incident prompted them to be more alert.
"I think it was just an old tree, that maybe needed to be checked," she said. "Accidents happen."