Tree falls on car with woman, son inside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A chainsaw and good Samaritan got to work on the remains of a large tree, the one that nearly killed Melissa Smith, her young son Caleb and their dog.

It's an incredible story of survival. The two large trees nearly killed the family during a severe storm, on the Southside Monday.

Now neighbors are stepping up to help clean the damage left behind.

"I'm very lucky. This is my second near death experience in six months," Smith said.

The three had just parked in their driveway Monday night in the middle of a storm. Smith says minutes later two massive oak trees came crashing down on top of them.

"All of a sudden it just happened. As soon as it came it was gone," Smith told First Coast News.

On Tuesday, Smith looked at all the damage and said she still can't believe how her family made it out alive.

"I'm still trying to take it all in. My arm is sore. That's where i was pinned," Smith said.

It's even more amazing when you consider the space they were confined to.

"I kind of made a little space for myself. And him [her son], I got nothing. I have no idea," Smith said. "Somebody was watching out for my son."

Fortunately, everyone escaped with only minor injuries.

"He just had a little sprain in his neck thankfully and got a day out of school," Smith said. But now, the attention is on cleaning up and giving thanks for what could have been taken away for good.

Given the damage, the family says it could be days, if not longer, before all of the damage is cleaned up and life returns back to normal.


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