- Associated Press - Sunday, August 30, 2015

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - A 2,000-pound tree fell on John Pittman’s house in Kelso, but he’s counting himself lucky.

The Daily News of Longview reports (https://bit.ly/1KVx54r ) that the 50-foot locust tree narrowly avoided the 55-year-old Pitman when it fell almost directly above where he was sitting on his couch Saturday morning.

The tree also missed his 19-year-old son, but it totaled his minivan and damaged the wheelchair ramp he uses to get in and out of his house.

Pittman says the falling tree was a wake-up call after Saturday’s windstorm, but he will be staying in the house and using insurance to cover the roof repair.

Longview-based Champ’s Tree Service was on scene by about 1 p.m. to cut the tree down and pull it off the roof.


Information from: The Daily News, https://www.tdn.com

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