Woman miraculously survives after tree falls on car, pierces windshield

ATLANTA — Emergency crews say a woman was trapped inside her car when a tree fell on it Sunday morning.

The accident happened on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway before 8 a.m. The road was shut down between Alta Place and South Eugenia Place as crews worked to extract the woman from her car.

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Firefighters were able to rescue the woman, who had minor injuries. She was taken to the hospital. Her identity has not been released.

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Firefighters told Channel 2′s Kristen Holloway that the tree missed the woman’s head by just a few inches.

Video shared by Atlanta Police shows a massive tree limb plunged through the driver’s side of the car’s windshield.

Holloway talked to neighbor Cherard Simmons, who said he walked outside right as the tree crashed down.

“The car was coming up the street and the tree fell right on her car,” Simmons said. “I heard somebody say, ‘Help! Help! and I just dialed 911.”

Simmons said trees fall in the area all the time. He said a tree fell in the same spot three months ago.

“I think they need to cut those trees down in these areas,” Simmons said. “One even hit my car right there. I got a little dent in my car.”

Simmons said someone needs to address the issue.

“In another couple weeks, if a bad storm comes through, it’s going to be the same thing,” Simmons said.

Georgia Power and a tree service crew are still working to clear the road.

Heavy rain from Claudette downed several trees and power lines across Atlanta Sunday morning, leaving thousands without power and blocking roads.

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