Man saves son from falling tree weighed down by snow in China

A man saved his son from being crushed after a tree fell from the weight of snow in eastern China.

Mr. Wang and his son were having a snowball fight in Jinan, Shandong province on November 7 when a tree behind them cracked and fell to the ground. The quick-thinking man reacted quickly and was able to grab his son before fleeing to safety.

He said: ‘When I heard the tree cracking, I was so scared that I instinctively held my son and ran away.’

The child was confused, but did not suffer any injuries.

Large parts of northern China, including the capital Beijing, have this month been hit by freezing temperatures and the first snowfall of the year. It has sparked highway closures and flight and train cancellations.

China’s National Meteorological Agency raised an orange blizzard warning – the second-highest in China’s four-tiered alert system – as snowfall of up to 12 inches is forecasted in the following days.

The Beijing Meteorological Bureau said the winter weather struck around a month earlier than usual. Temperatures on Sunday fell to some of their lowest for the period in the past decade.