Falling tree nearly kills driver

DULUTH, Georgia (WXIA) – A tree fell on a moving car and pinned the driver inside in Gwinnett County, Georgia Friday morning.

The tree came down at around 10:30 a.m. while 50-year-old Amit Arora of Johns Creek was driving in Duluth.

“This is a driver who is driving into town, unsuspecting. This large tree comes down,” said Capt. Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett Co. Fire Department. “It’s one of those freak situations that happens.

Pinned inside the vehicle, investigators say the driver was still able to reach his cell phone and call 911. When rescuers arrived, the toppled tree was also entangled in power lines. It took them more than an hour to pull the driver out of the crushed vehicle.

“At the scene, he presented with cuts and bruises. He looked like he had no major signs of trauma. But we don’t know that until they look closer at the hospital for internal injuries,” Rutledge said.

Arora was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious injuries. He spent part of the afternoon in surgery. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical condition.

Rutledge said the Georgia State Patrol will handle the accident investigation.

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