Window washer in surgery after falling up to 10 stories, landing on car

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  • Man is in surgery with life-threatening injuries, police spokesman says
  • He landed on a moving car and bounced into the street
  • Witnesses say window washer dangled from rope
One witness thought she came upon a lifeless body during her routine walk in San Francisco -- but firefighters say the man who was lying in the middle of the street survived a fall as high as 10 stories.
The man, whose name was not released, is a window washer who fell from a building, the San Francisco Fire Department said.
He fell between eight and 10 stories, landed on a moving car and bounced into the middle of the street, fire officials said.
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Witnesses said he appeared to be dangling from a rope before he fell, according to Albie Esparza, spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department.
"He looked lifeless," the witness, Maa-Becca Tucker, said on Twitter. She looked at the car on which the the window washer landed and it was totaled -- "as if another car came from above and fell on top."
As of Friday evening, the man was undergoing surgery for life-threatening injuries, Esparza said.