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Man killed after tree falls on house, traps him in his bed

July 31, 2019
Damage is seen after a tree fell onto a home, trapping a man in his bedroom, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Deer Run development, in Trafford, Pa. The man later died at the hospital. (Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Damage is seen after a tree fell onto a home, trapping a man in his bedroom, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Deer Run development, in Trafford, Pa. The man later died at the hospital. (Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

TRAFFORD, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man died after a tree at least 75 feet tall fell onto his western Pennsylvania home, trapping him in his bed.

Emergency responders in Westmoreland County managed to free the victim from the Trafford home more than an hour after the tree struck shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said 71-year-old Jay Zelezniak died shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at Forbes Hospital. An autopsy concluded that he died of blunt force trauma of the pelvis and lower extremities. The death was ruled accidental.

Penn Township deputy emergency director Jeremy Dixon said the tree smashed into the roof above the second-floor bedroom and that floor crashed down into the first floor. A woman was able to get out of the home unaided.

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