HALL COUNTY -- Emergency crews rescued a man who was trapped Tuesday night when a tree fell into the bedroom of his mobile home near Gainesville as strong storms blew through the area.
“That gentleman was laying in bed … so that tree basically fell right across his chest,” Hall County Fire Services spokesman Capt. Zachary Brackett said this morning.
The man, whose name was unavailable, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Brackett did not know his condition this morning but said he was alert as firefighters pulled him out at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Responders used various equipment to free the man, believed to be in his mid 40s, from the tree that fell at 325 Highland Terrace near Atlanta Highway and Pearl Nix Parkway, Brackett said.
Another man in west Jackson County was killed when a tree smashed into his home.
Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said the man, his wife and two children were in a bedroom when the tree crashed through the home, killing 29-year-old Jason Lee Combs. Mangum said the wife and children survived “by the grace of God.”
Storms downed trees and power lines across Hall County and North Georgia.
Brackett said the Hall County fire department received four calls about trees falling into residences, including the one at Highland Terrace.
Several mature trees were uprooted at the Bolding Mill campground in northwest Hall County, with one falling on top of a motor home there, according to a camper.
D. Wendal Attig, who has been camping there with his wife for a couple of weeks, said wind gusts and hail hit the area around 9 p.m.
Attig said those staying in the motor home were not there at the time but got home shortly after the tree fell.
“We were probably missed by 20 feet,” he said.
More than 15,000 Jackson EMC members lost power due to the high winds and downed trees and power lines.
By this morning, power was restored to most of those, but crews were still working to restore power for 450 customers, including 31 in Hall County as of 10 a.m. today. Georgia Power had just seven still without power as of 10 a.m.
Jackson EMC replaced 16 broken poles and worked through many downed trees and limbs in the process of restoring power in the region.
Associated Press contributed to this report.