Several northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel responded when strong winds blew a tree onto a parked car during a storm Thursday night in Linn Grove, trapping a person inside. It happened at the Linn Grove Dam shortly after 7 p.m.
The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office says two people were in the car. A passenger escaped with minor injuries, but the driver, 37-year-old Harzaw Lah of Storm Lake, was trapped inside.
A backhoe was brought in to raise the tree off the car so rescuers could extricate Lah. He was flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center. Buena Vista County Sheriff Kory Elston credits a large cooperative effort by numerous agencies and others for keeping the accident from being more severe.