Woman escapes car after tree comes slamming down after church

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Neighbors call it a close call and a brush with fate after a giant tree comes crashing down right on top of a car waiting to make a left-hand turn.

It happened at the height of Saturday's historic storm, when winds gusted up to 70 miles-per-hour.

Just before 6:00 pm Saturday when an elderly woman was driving her tan Buick on Winter Avenue near Rubel in an alley.

Police say she was attempted to make a left-hand turn after leaving a church when the storm hit, sending the tree on top of her car and the porch of the home next door.

The car was bashed in with broken glass all around.  Emergency responders spent about an hour trying to free the woman.

Miraculously, she survived and wasn't seriously hurt, but from the look of the damage, it could have been a dramatically different story if someone had been in the passenger seat or in the back seats of the car.

The tree fell just a few doors down from Louisville Fire Department location #7.

Monday afternoon, the car remained parked in the alley with the huge tree still on top, as tree crews were just getting to the job.

It could be Tuesday they say before the tree is cut up enough to get the car towed.

While she wasn't seriously injured, the driver is reported to be shaken up by the intensity of the ordeal.

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