Montco man critical after hit by tree

Posted: February 07, 2014

A Montgomery County man is in critical condition after he was pinned under a falling tree limb while helping clear scattered branches from a neighbor's yard early Wednesday.

Neighbors on Shirley Road in Narberth said the man, in his 40s but whose name has not been released, is a doctor and has two young children. A spokeswoman at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where the man was taken by ambulance, confirmed he is in critical condition.

Late Wednesday morning, a tangle of tree limbs was splayed across front lawn and blocked two cars in the driveway of 13 Shirley Road, where the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. The home was blocked off with emergency tape, as branches continued to crack and fall into the yard.

Tom McDonough, who lives across the street, said he was sitting at his dining room table when he heard a loud noise he thought was his heater blowing out.

"Then my 9-year-old daughter asked me why there were so many police running up and down the street," McDonough said.

He said he went outside, saw his neighbor lying on the sidewalk and asked the emergency responders if he could help. When they told him he couldn't, McDonough went back inside.

"I didn't want to be a spectator," he said.

A neighbor who asked to not be named said the victim and the man he was helping are "very close buddies." He said the victim's family and others on the block with children around the same age often spend time together.

"They'd go to Hershey Park together. They'd go to the beach," he said. "He's a totally good guy."

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