CHELSEA (CBS) — A Somerville man who was eating breakfast in his parked car was injured when a large tree limb fell and smashed the roof of the vehicle.

The limb fell just before 7:45 a.m. Monday, in a parking lot across from the Clark Avenue School on Crescent Avenue, landing right across the middle of the top of the car.

Matthew Bennington, a 37-year-old teacher at the Clark Avenue School, was trapped inside the car by the limb. First responders from the Chelsea Fire Department came to his rescue.

He suffered non-life-threatening head injuries and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was believed to have a concussion because he was vomiting at the scene.

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Matthew Bennington returns home from the hospital after a tree fell on his car while he was inside it Monday morning (WBZ-TV)

“I feel very lucky, I feel very well taken care of, and that’s all I am going to say right now,” said Bennington to reporters as he returned home from the hospital Monday afternoon.

Bennington’s friend, Garth Griffin, continued to speak on his behalf.

“He felt very lucky that people were there to help him out and very grateful to the folks who were available to get the tree off the car,” Griffin said.

He added, “it could have been much worse.”

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A tree fell on a car in Chelsea Monday morning. (Photo credit: Paul Koolloian)

It wasn’t yet clear what caused the tree to fall, but Chelsea Fire noted that there was a lot of construction work related to the Silver Line happening nearby. Officials are calling the incident an accident, though.

The smashed car was towed from the scene, and the Department of Public Works was called to deal with the tree.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports


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