ELYRIA- An Elyria school student was struck by a fallen tree Wednesday afternoon while on the property of Ely Elementary.
The 11-year-old boy didn't attend the elementary school but was walking across the grounds from a nearby school when strong winds brought the tree down.
Very scary and very unusual...everything happened so quick,“ said Principal Jack Dibe, Ely Elementary, “A couple of the kids were screaming that one of the students was trapped under there.”
The massive oak which came crashing down was estimated to have been 50-60 ft tall and is thought to have been planted when the school was built about 100 years ago. It weighs anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 pounds.
Tree service experts, who secured the area and removed the tree say, the fallen tree appeared healthy and that all of the trees at Ely Elementary are routinely checked to ensure they’re healthy.
“If you look at the base of the tree you can tell it just snapped,” said Principal Dibe.
Amy Higgins, with Elyria Public Schools, tells FOX 8 News emergency crews transported the student to the hospital. He was transported to a Cleveland trauma center where he is in serious but stable condition.
The name of the student is not being released at this time.
Immediately after the incident occurred, a call was sent to all parents in the district warning them of the weather conditions and urging students to go directly home and stay in doors.
“Just so sad so scary,” said Chalene Mudd, whose son attends Ely, “Just to think it could’ve been my son it hurts my heart ...my prayers go out to the family and that little boy.”