Crews cut woman free from car crushed by large tree

It was one of many trees that toppled during the tropical storm's wind through metro Atlanta Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

A woman is in the hospital after a tree fell onto her car Thursday morning.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach first told you about the incident during Channel 2 Action News This Morning.

He was at the scene with authorities who confirmed the large tree fell onto the woman's car just before 6 a.m.

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It happened in the 300 block of Anderson Avenue in Atlanta.

Firefighters told Gehlbach the woman was in the back of the Ford Freestyle and her husband was in the front when a large tree came down on it. She was trapped but firefighters cut her out.

The family inside a home nearby was not hurt.


The tree, which was in the neighbor's yard, came down onto the driveway.

One neighbor said she was on edge all night as the wind picked up and started gusting.

“I couldn't sleep. I stayed up because I knew the storm was coming,” Terri Barry said.

Barry said she first thought it was one of her trees.

"We heard the tree cracking, then heard a horn blow and a bunch of commotion with people screaming and stuff,” Barry said.

Atlanta firefighters soon arrived with heavy equipment.

Gehlbach saw where firefighters had a to cut away some of the branches just to reach the wreckage, but inflated an airbag to move the trunk enough to get inside.

Rescuers were then able to pry open the SUV and get the woman out and to the hospital.

She was awake and talking, but firefighters feared internal injuries.

It is one of many trees that fell throughout metro Atlanta and Georgia overnight as Michael moved through the state as a tropical storm.

The storm made landfall at the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday afternoon.