“All of a sudden some limbs started to drop as we were going down Cherokee, I mean just 20, 25 mph,” she said. “My husband kept driving – thank goodness he was driving – and stopped when everything stopped falling on us, kind of tried to get out of it.”
No one was injured when the tree fell on Friday morning. The family of five and a 12-year-old friend were all heading to Columbus for whitewater rafting.
Somehow everyone managed to walk away. The larger member fell from the back of the van, crushing its roof. O’Brien said it was scary, but most of all she was thankful that everyone was okay.
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She said she could smell with a squish how waterlogged the fallen tree was. As of June 1, Atlanta has recorded 11.5 inches of precipitation, nearly 4 inches above average for this time of year. With recent rain and in an area known for its canopy of mature trees, O’Brien said maintenance is important. The family is having a tree removed from their yard next month.
“These big old oaks, we love them,” she said. “But when they get sick, you have to cut them off or take care of them.”
Elizabeth O’Brien said she was shocked and scared but most of all grateful that no one was hurt.