January 14, 2008 / 3:53 PM / 12 years ago

Man goes out window with Christmas tree

A recycling advisor throws a Christmas tree into a dumpster at the Lount Recycling and Household Waste Site in Leicestershire, January 5, 2007. A German man threw himself out of a third storey window along with a Christmas tree during a late-night attempt to dispose of his festive decorations. REUTERS/Darren Staples

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man threw himself out of an apartment window along with a Christmas tree during a late-night attempt to dispose of his festive decorations.

The man fell 22 feet after he lost his balance throwing the tree onto the street Saturday, police in the western city of Moenchengladbach said. The tree did not break the victim’s fall.

“There’s a TV advert showing people having fun throwing their old Christmas trees out the window,” said police spokesman Willy Thevessen Monday. “But you’re not supposed to jump with them.”

The man was taken to hospital in critical condition with severe head injuries after witnesses saw him fall.

Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Giles Elgood

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