AUSTIN (KXAN) — A significant part of a tree snapped off and fell on a homeless man, killing him Sunday night, said the Austin Police Department.
It happened at about 9:22 p.m. at a commercial complex in the 7400 block of McNeil Drive just north of US 183 in northwest Austin. Police say a witness, who is also homeless, called 911 to report a tree branch had fallen on someone asleep in a sleeping bag.
The witness told police she was sleeping in the field when she heard a cracking sound and saw a tree branch fall on top of the man. Austin-Travis County EMS confirmed that the tree caused “injuries incompatible with life” to the man in his 50s. He died at the scene.
Authorities believe the tree was struck by lightning earlier in the day. The branch that broke off was 32 feet long. It took five people to move the branch off of the victim.