A man was rescued by emergency responders after a tree brought down by high winds trapped him inside a portable toilet at the Gettysburg civil war battlefield in southern Pennsylvania.
The Barlow volunteer fire department said on its Facebook page it was called to Little Round Top, a key scene in the Union’s victory over the Confederacy in 1863, at Gettysburg national military park shortly before 4pm on Friday.
Assistant chief Joe Robinson told the York Daily Record they found a tree atop a vehicle but no one inside. Park rangers told them the tree had trapped a man in the portable toilet.
Robinson said crews treated it like a car entrapment, cutting away the tree with a chainsaw and then cutting the portable toilet open with another saw.
“He was very lucky,” said Robinson, who said he had been a volunteer firefighter for three decades. “It was a large tree and it just missed striking him. It could have been very serious.”
The man was alert and talking to first-responders as he was loaded into an ambulance to be taken to Gettysburg hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.
Emergency crews across the region were responding to many calls of downed trees and wires as well as fires during the windy conditions, officials said.