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California teen survives being trapped under 50-foot fallen tree

3:58 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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PATTERSON, California (KXTV) -- A Patterson High School student escaped serious injury when a tree on campus fell on her Monday morning.

17-year-old Hanna Estrada said she was walking in the courtyard around 9:30 a.m. at Patterson High School when she head a loud crack.

"I didn't even blink, literally blink, and I was on the floor," said Estrada.

Estrada said a 50-foot pine tree fell on top of her chest making it difficult to breathe.

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According to Patterson Joint Unified School District Supt. Phil Alfano, Hannah Estrada was temporarily trapped under the pine tree until emergency responders removed it. She was reportedly just sore but was still transported to an area hospital to make sure she was OK, Alfano said.

Estrada said she fractured vertebrae and has several cuts along her back, arms and legs but is thankful she is alive.

"I am just so thankful that I didn't die, that I am ok," said Estrada.

Since there are three other trees on campus the same age as the one that fell, Alfano said an arborist was assessing them. As a precaution, since the trees were near three classrooms, students in those classes were moved to another part of the campus for the day.


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