Large tree takes down power lines, cars in Virginia Highlands


Greenwood Avenue in Virginia Highlands

ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia Power crews are still working to get the power back on to an area of Virginia Highlands. A large tree fell overnight, taking out power lines and a couple of cars.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach went to the scene at Greenwood Avenue in northeast Atlanta.

It took about nine hours to cut the tree off the road. Then power crews were able to finally start working about two hours ago.

Neighbors heard the tree come down shortly after 1 a.m. They heard crackling and breaking of branches and a loud thud. Neighbors came outside and found a white Jeep Liberty crushed and another car across the street also damaged.

No one was hurt. One neighbor says he was parked on the spot where the tree fell before he went to the grocery store late Sunday night.

"I was parked right there and I moved and parked about three spaces back and not even a branch hit mine, so guess I got lucky that way," said Cameron Collins.

Power crews have been working since about 10 a.m., but power has been off all night to some homes here on Greenwood Avenue, leaving many without heat. Some without power said they have gas heat, so they are staying warm.

Gehlbach spoke to the owner of the Jeep that was crushed. Hear her reaction to the mess on Channel 2 Action News at 4.

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