'Fortunately he hit a tree'
Out here in the country, when an ambulance goes by, we all wait to find out what has happened. We generally don't drive to find out, because the one lane roads need to be kept open.
This morning, an ambulance went by and stayed out for a while (all dead end roads).
When the postman came by, I asked him and his first words were "Fortunately he hit a tree". Mr H was mowing his back yard, and the soil gave way, and he and his mower went down the cliff in back of his house. Fortunately his fall was broken by a tree. His riding mower is in the river. His bluff is a good forty feet high.
He's on his way to the hospital now.
Last year a woman in Knoxville, with a push mower, slid too far down the 'lawn' at her condo above the river and she grabbed onto trees as well.
It's beginning to be a rite of spring, these rescues by trees.