LOS ALTOS, California. (KGO) — A large sequoia fell on the roof of a classroom at a Los Altos elementary school on Tuesday, injuring a student inside.
An Oak Avenue School staffer said it happened around 12:30 p.m. during lunchtime.
The school said the girl suffered a minor head injury and was taken to Stanford Medical Center in an ambulance with her parents. She is due to go back to school at the end of the week.
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Claire Griffin, the Los Altos School District coordinator for student and staff services, said there were 2nd and 3rd grade students and a teacher in the house at the time.
“I checked in with the teacher and she happened to be in the classroom at the time so was able to support the students and also just check in with her afterwards and she’s fine – obviously shaken but she’s fine and has it simply wanted to be here to support the kids and she will come tomorrow,” Griffin said.
The students were safely evacuated and continued for the remainder of the school day.
“We’re just really grateful to have this result,” Griffin said.
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Siyun Wang picked up her son from school. She hopes this doesn’t happen again. Wang said it’s been quite a day with the wind.
“Today is a crazy day, we also have something like a power outage at our home,” Wang said.
The strong wind knocked down several large trees in the nearby neighborhood. A large tree avoided a house and fell towards the corner of Truman and Kingston Court. A few doors down a tree fell, causing minor damage to the roof and a car.
Around the corner was another story.
Shahin Shabahang was at home when she saw a city tree fall in her yard.
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“Eventually it gave way and just fell on the fence and took it with it,” Shabahang said.
She contacted the city for repairs.
“Obviously all reimbursement of all expenses and quick cleaning because this is a safety issue now, you know I don’t feel safe to be open to the road now,” Shabahang said.
She said it’s important to prune trees for days like this.
“A lot of us in the neighborhood are always reaching out to the city and asking them — please cut this down so these things don’t happen when we’re having bad days,” Shabahang said.
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