A driver in Spalding County captured a frightening moment when his dashcam recorded a car slamming into a fallen tree during the peak of Hurricane Irma.
Michael Hand was driving from Griffin to Fayetteville on Highway 92 when his camera captured a large tree toppling from the side of the road and landing right in front of a motorist in a white SUV.
The driver sees the tree falling and tries to brake, but still slams into the tree, pitching the car high up on its front two wheels before it crashes back down. Smoke begins pouring from the car, and bystanders stop to help.
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She escaped with minor injuries, including a seat-belt burn, strained shoulder and hurt knee, WSB reported.
“She was shaken, but OK. I think she was more scared about the fraction of a second of what could have happened,” Head told 11-Alive.
“It started falling and I just closed my eyes and hit the brakes,” April Baxter, the driver of the SUV, told WSB-TV. “I closed my eyes and the airbags popped. It was all so fast, very fast.”
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