Blown down fence leaves man injured


by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 13 at 7:08 AM

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QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- A man was seriously injured in Queen Creek when a very heavy steel and concrete golf course perimeter fence was blown over on him.

It happened at Las Colinas Golf Club near Rittenhouse and Ocotillo roads.

A man was standing up against that fence when the winds picked up and ripped the fence from the ground, trapping the man underneath it.

When Queen Creek firefighters arrived they found the man pinned from the waist down. He was conscious and able to speak but he was in a lot of pain.

"He was pinned under the fence which was quite heavy," said Capt. Ted Ford with the Queen Creek Fire Dept. "Bystanders weren't able to lift it off of him. They called us...the crews were able to use hydraulic jacks and airbags to lift up the fence high enough to actually extricate him from underneath it."

That man was transported to a hospital in serious condition.

It was a busy weather day around the Valley.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix issued several different warnings throughout the day on Friday, including a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, a Dust Storm Warning, and a Flash Flood Warning.

The warning covered various parts of the Valley and surrounding areas, including the cities of Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler in Maricopa County and Casa Grande, Florence, Coolidge, Maricopa in northwest Pinal County.

According to the Rural/Metro Fire Department, there are downed power lines in the area of 102nd Street and Broadway Road.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is working a wreck involving a 15-passenger church van that rolled over on eastbound Interstate 10 at milepost 193. Several passengers had minor injuries. The driver lost control after a downpour and the vehicle went off the roadway. It is not blocking any lanes.

Salt River Project was reporting 2,000 customers, mostly in the Queen Creek area, without power due to weather. Most people had their power back a few hours later.