Tree crashes onto SW Atlanta home; woman barely escapes injury

Credit: John Spink

Credit: John Spink

A southwest Atlanta woman said she feels blessed that no one was seriously injured early Tuesday when a tree came crashing down onto her Cascade Road home.

“I had just gotten a phone call and I was coming out of the door, but as soon as I opened the door, the tree crashed onto the house,” Meskara Bryant told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think I was a little blessed, because if I had gotten out a couple of seconds earlier, I probably wouldn’t be able to be here to tell everybody what happened at 1 o’clock this morning. I just thank God I’m still here. We’re fine, no one got hurt really bad.”

That wasn't the case a few miles away early Monday, when a huge oak tree toppled onto a home on Oakcliff Road in northwest Atlanta, killing a DeKalb County teacher asleep inside the house.

Bryant said a close friend was hurt, “but not seriously. He’s in a little pain, but he’s OK.”

Her friend’s car, along with a couple of vehicles parked under the carport of the home, were totaled by the falling tree, which caused structural damage to the kitchen of the house.

Bryant, who has lived in the home for five years, said she was “very frightened” in the wake of the incident.

“I haven’t been to sleep yet,” she said just before daybreak. “Every time I try to go sit down, I start hearing different little noises and I’m trying to make sure there’s nothing else coming crashing down.”