Friday, 14 December 2012

Tymona Matelborg and her husband escaped from their Hyundai Sonata with relatively minor injuries after a 100-foot dead fir tree crushed the car while they were inside. The Canby, Oregon couple had just parked when a nearby tree snapped off at its base and fell, leaving only a small opening for them to crawl out of the passenger window.

"If you look at the passenger's compartment, especially the driver's compartment, there's about a space of about two loafs of bread in there. How the husband survived is just remarkable," said Troy Buzalsky, division chief with Canby Fire.

Based on the damage and size of the tree, rescuers expected possible fatalities, but the two survivors were treated for non-serious injuries at Oregon Health and Science University and later released. The Canby Fire and Rescue reported that the tree fell because of a combination of a dead root system and saturated soil from days of heavy rain.

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