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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 10:00 pm

WOODBRIDGE -- An engineer from San Ramon escaped serious injury Thursday evening when a tree stump weighing an estimated 10,000 pounds fell on his waist and legs, according to the victim's relatives and Woodbridge firefighters.

Jared Love, 21, an engineer for Able Engineering, was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital to make sure neither of his legs were broken, said a man who identified himself as Love's father, but declined to give his name.

Workers were removing a dead tree stump from vacant property just east of Woodbridge Community Park on Mokelumne Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. when Love got trapped by the tree limb as he sat on the tractor.

Love told firefighters the lower half of his body was numb while he was pinned by the tree, said Woodbridge Fire Capt. Ken Harris.

About a half-hour later, a 4-by-4 truck with a rope and chain pulled the limb just a few inches off Love's legs so that Love could crawl out of the tractor, Love got an enthusiastic ovation from onlookers watching from the park next door after he escaped from the tractor.

Love was working at the Woodbridge location on his day off as an engineer on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reconstruction project, according to his brother, Seth Love, who works in Lodi.

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