A lucky York City man escaped serious injury when tree limbs fell on him Sunday afternoon as he was riding his moped on Carlisle Avenue in West Manchester Township.
Erik Tierney, 28, of Madison Avenue suffered scrapes and bruises in the 4 p.m. incident but did not require medical attention, according to township police.
Tierney said he was riding home when he got caught in heavy winds as a storm pushed through the county.
As he was driving his 1977 Puch moped in the 600 block of Carlisle Avenue, he said, he saw tree limbs falling but he could to little to get out of the way.
"I remember going hard on the brakes and then having branches on me," Tierney said.
Snapped: The branches snapped off a tree in the York Expo Center and fell onto Carlisle Avenue. The limbs damaged a fence that surrounds the fair grounds as they came to rest on a section of the street.
Tierney said he was pinned under the moped and the tree limbs for a short time until he was able to free himself.
Going over the bike, he found that a pedal and the speedometer had snapped off, and the front fender and headlight were also damaged.
Though the vintage Puch started on the first try, Tierney opted to walk the bike home. "It still runs. That's half the battle," he said.
Outages: Heavy rain caused minor flooding on Carlisle Avenue, but rainwater quickly drained.
However, the short but intense storm did cause power outages across parts of York County.
At 5:30 p.m., 789 Met-Ed customers were reported to be without power, according to the electric company.
That included 262 customers in York City, 209 in Manchester Township and 138 in Hellam Township.
By 11:45 p.m., power had been restored to all but 98 customers, according to Met-Ed.
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