Tree falls on Gastonia home pinning man underneath

GASTONIA, NC (WJZY) -- A tree crashed through a home in Gastonia pinning a man underneath Friday afternoon.

William Vanover, 54, was airlifted to CMC with life threatening injuries, according to Medic. The incident happened a little after 4 p.m. on Scott Drive.

EMS says Vanover was stuck under the tree for an extended period of time and was home alone when the incident happened.

"The rescue operation and extrication were extensive and complicated due to the size of the tree and the condition of the residence," Gaston County EMS said. "...Gaston County EMS Paramedics provided Advanced Life Support treatment inside the residence upon arrival at the scene and throughout the rescue operation while the patient was still pinned."

We will update this story as more information becomes available.