Tree falls onto woman's car as she drives

August 28, 2008 12:40:00 PM PDT
A driver on Highway 501 was slightly hurt Thursday morning when a tree fell onto her car.

Teresa Poole's car was smashed as she drove on Roxboro Road. The massive tree toppled after record rainfall across the Triangle Wednesday night.

An eyewitness who saw the event, helped Poole. "We just got in the lane, and I was driving down the road," the eyewitness explained. "I looked in my rearview mirror and all of a sudden I saw this tree. It fell on her and smashed her car, and I just backed right up to take care of her."

Poole suffered minor injuries.

The tree fell over some power lines, forcing police to redirect traffic off of Roxboro Rd.

The rain was relentless in Durham Wednesday night, pounding the north side and the Eden Lakes subdivision.

"This has never happened before, and we've been here 11 years never happened before ," Durham resident Wanda Guthrie said.

Homeowners near Cabin Creek watch the banks overflow, sending water rushing down streets and flooding front yards.

"We looked at our front yard, and it's a lake and we've never had any flooding here," Guthrie said.

The tree was cleared from the road and traffic patterns were back to normal just before noon Thursday.


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