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Falling tree hits moving car in Scotia; Driver escapes serious injury

Falling tree hits moving car in Scotia; Driver escapes serious injury

Falling tree hits moving car in Scotia; Driver escapes serious injury
The driver looks over the remains of his car Thursday morning on Sunnyside Road in Scotia
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCOTIA - A falling tree hit a moving car in Scotia Thursday morning, but the driver escaped serious injury, officials said.

Cuts from broken glass proved the extent of the driver's injuries, police said. He was treated at the scene and declined transport to the hospital.

The incident happened on Sunnyside Road at about 11:30 a.m. as the tree fell across the road and onto the passing car, Scotia Police Chief Peter Frisoni said.

The car was headed east on Sunnyside from Route 50 when the tree fell from the direction of its passenger side. 

The damaged car got moved beyond the tree, and then spun around to face it. The tree crushed the top of the car diagonally, sparing the driver's spot.

Photos: Images from the Scotia crash scene

The driver got out of the car on his own by the time rescuers arrived.

"It was obviously very fortunate, because if anyone was in any other place in the car, back seat, front passenger seat, it certainly would have resulted in serious injury or a fatality," Frisoni said, "but the driver's compartment was the least heavily damaged."

The Scotia Public Works Department was called to the scene to remove the tree from the road and the road was later reopened. National Grid was also called to the scene to fix a downed wire.

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