16-Foot Cactus Falls, Pins Man to the Ground

Yuma city worker had been responding to an emergency water leak


A Yuma, Ariz., city worker is in intensive care after a 16-foot-tall saguaro cactus fell on him and pinned him to the ground.

City officials said William Mason responded to an emergency water leak Tuesday in a Yuma subdivision and the cactus fell while he was working.

Other members in his work crew were able to free him and call 911.

The city said Mason suffered multiple injuries to his back and legs and remained hospitalized at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Saguaro cactuses can weigh anywhere from hundreds of pounds to more than several thousand pounds, depending on how much water they're holding.

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