Palm tree falls on man alongside River Road

A palm tree fell on a man near River Road and 700 South, St. George, Utah, June 29, 2014 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

ST. GEORGE —  The St. George Communications Center received calls on reports that a man had been hit by a palm tree that fell near River Road and 700 South in St. George just before 5:50 p.m. Sunday. The man was working with a private tree removal crew and was transported to the hospital.

The crew had cut down several large dead palm trees and as they were lifting one onto a flatbed truck using a boom truck and a strap, something came loose, St. George Fire Captain Darren Imlay said. The tree dropped approximately 10 feet and hit one of the workers.

Although Imlay could not comment on the man’s current condition, he said that the man was alert and conscious before he was transported to the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

The tree crew had blocked off a few hundred feet of the right northbound lane of River Road near its intersection with 700 East.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Bender June 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Palm trees in St. George, just say no. Climate appropriate and native plants <- like.

    • DB June 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      …Then you won’t want to know what just got planted in the new roundabout at 600 W and Tonaquint…

  • Katie June 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Well, it didnt “fall” on him, it was dropped. The article’s title is misleading.

  • Super Grover June 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Palm trees clearly do not really belong here. Don’t see many when out hiking a trail.

  • Rachel July 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I feel bad for this guy, but dang! That headline paints a funny picture before the story…

  • Bender July 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    California Fan Palm, a native plant, grows naturally in secluded groves in the Mojave Desert. The closest one to St. George is Warms Springs Natural Area, the headwaters of the Muddy River west of Glendale, NV, and about 70 miles southwest of us. Glendale elevation is about 1,500 feet; here in St. George we are around 2,800 feet.
    Planting palms, of any variety, in St. George is trying too hard to be something we are not: Palms Springs or Los Angeles. Landscapers, stop mimicking what you see elsewhere and use plants that are climate appropriate and fit in with native vegetation.

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