1,000-pound sign falls, seriously injures man at Calabasas gas station

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A man had to be airlifted to a trauma center Friday after a 1,000-pound sign fell onto him at a Calabasas gas station and severely injured his legs.

Emergency personnel arrived to the Mobil station near Las Virgenes Road and the 101 freeway at 10:47 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Keith Mora said.

"Apparently it was a sign that holds the prices for fuel that fell on the patient," Mora said. "We found him conscious and alert with a 1,000 pound sign on his legs."

It took firefighters 20 minutes to lift the sign off the man with portable hydraulic equipment, Mora said. The man sustained "serious leg injuries," he said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what caused the sign to fall.

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