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Posted: September 12, 2017

Video of tree falling on moving car reminds drivers to stay off roads during storms

A fallen tree rests on the power lines across a street in Westerleigh section of Staten Island, New York on Saturday, November 3, 2012 several days after Hurricane Sandy hit the area.
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A fallen tree rests on the power lines across a street in Westerleigh section of Staten Island, New York on Saturday, November 3, 2012 several days after Hurricane Sandy hit the area.

By Lori Wilson, WSBTV.com

SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. —

A man driving on Highway 92 in Spalding County, Georgia, captured a scary scene on his dashcam video.

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Michael Hand was heading from Griffin, Georgia, to Fayetteville, Georgia, on Monday afternoon as Tropical Storm Irma moved through the state. Dashcam video shows a large tree fall across the road just ahead of the car in front of him.

The white SUV that Hand was driving behind ran straight into the tree and flipped up almost vertically before landing back on its wheels. 

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"I started falling and just closed my eyes and hit the brakes," driver April Baxter told WSB-TV. "I closed my eyes, and the airbags popped. It was all so fast, very fast."

Baxter said she was traveling about 40 mph on her way to her sister-in-law's house to meet her husband and stay for the night. 

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

The woman said she was terrified about what was going to happen when she saw the tree start to fall."I thought, 'This is the end. I'm done,'" she said. 

Baxter is taking medication for her injuries, which include a seat belt burn, a strained shoulder muscle from holding the steering wheel so tight and a hurt knee. 

She said she is thankful for everybody that stopped to help and thankful that her injuries were not worse.

WSB-TV posted Hand's video on Facebook. Share it with friends and family as a warning about what can happen while driving in a storm.


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