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At 245 PM Sunday
When firefighters arrived they found a large tree, approximately 3 feet in diameter, and over 100 foot tall had uprooted and landed over the passenger compartment of a Hyundai Sorento, entrapping the driver and passenger, who were husband and wife. They had just pulled into their curb side parking area, and their car was still running when the tree started to fall, landing on their car faster than they could react.
The victims were both conscious, and able to help firefighters extricate them from the vehicle, which was carrying the entire weight of the tree on its top. Once extricated the heavy rescue equipment was recalled. The victims were both evaluated, and both transported to OHSU for evaluation. Secondary finding indicate the driver, who was the husband, suffered a fractured shoulder.
The next step of the process was to coordinate removing the tree, which was on the public street, blocking the property owner from accessing their drive way. An arborist was also called to the scene to evaluate the stability of two immediately adjacent trees. One tree will require additional assessment in daylight conditions.
There were no events that triggered this tree to fall, however, the tree’s root system appeared to have some root rot. The arborist believes it was a combination of wet and loose soil, root failure, and normal area winds.