SINGAPORE - The woman's screams got his attention as he was taking a customer's order at around 10am on Thursday.
The worker at Yes Boss Food Corner, who gave his name only as Mr Saifullah, 27, said nothing looked amiss from where he was.
Curious, he got hold of his boss, Mr Atiq Ur Rehman, and went to investigate.
The sight that greeted them at the traffic junction in front of Block 118, Bedok Reservoir Road, shocked them.
A tree, about 3m tall, had fallen and was pinning a woman to the road.
Said Mr Saifullah: "She was crying in pain and kept saying 'pain, pain'. She also kept asking for her husband."
He said that about 10 people, including nearby residents and passers-by, had gathered around the tree.
"We carried the tree from the road to the pavement... Others were telling her not to cry and that everything was going to be okay," he said.