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IRMA: SUV hits fallen tree

ATLANTA, GA. -  A large tree fell across an Atlanta-area road striking and lifting an SUV off the ground.

The man driving behind the car just happened to be recording the storm with a dash camera.

Just a few seconds in to the dash cam video viewers see just how fortunate the driver, April Baxter is.

"It started falling and I closed my eyes and I hit the brakes and started screaming,” said Baxter.

April was in her SUV traveling about 40 miles an hour Monday on Highway 92 in Georgia.

"We live in a mobile home so I was trying to get to safety,” said Baxter.

Then Baxter saw a tree start to fall.

Baxter said, "It's scary. It's just scary. And I thought this is it. This is the end. I'm done."

"I would have still been shaking and shivering."

Baxter said she was headed to her sister-in-law’s house to meet up with her husband and stay there for the night.

"I closed my eyes and then the airbags popped. So, it was all so fast. Very fast."

Baxter has a seatbelt burn, strained muscle in her shoulder from holding the steering wheel so tight, her knee hurt and so did her big toe.

"Thank you. Thanks to everybody that stopped. But after seeing the video, I'm very thankful,” said Baxter.

Thankful that the man who recorded the video didn’t slam into the back of her. Thankful that she wasn’t a few seconds later. Thankful she wasn’t crushed by a tree.

"Survived Irma, yes,” said Baxter.

The man who recorded the video said he’s just happy Baxter is okay. Three Irma-related deaths were recorded in Georgia. Two of those were caused by falling trees. Overall at least seven deaths in the U.S. were blamed on Irma.  


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