HUDSON — An Ulster County woman was in the wrong place at the wrong time Monday and she is lucky to be alive.
A large tree fell on her vehicle just as she was making a three-point turn on Rossman Road on Monday.
Alexis Rivera, 26, of Glasco, was behind the wheel of her red Nissan sedan when the tree fell around 8 p.m. when she was leaving work at Columbia Memorial Health, 71 Prospect Ave.
“The timing of the tree falling as she was making the three-point turn was one in a billion,” Hudson police Lt. David Miller said Tuesday. “She [the driver] was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Miraculously, Rivera suffered no major injuries. She was checked out at Columbia Memorial Health for minor pain and released, Miller said.
“I think she [the driver] was more in shock than anything else,” Miller said. No one else was in the vehicle at the time, he added.
Rivera was trapped in the vehicle when firefighters and police arrived. The tree fell squarely on the roof of the car, damaging the doors and pinning them shut, Hudson Fire Chief Anthony DeMarco Jr. said. It took about 15 minutes to free the woman, he added.
Firefighters waited for Greenport Rescue Squad to arrive at the scene before they lifted the tree off the vehicle. Firefighters lowered the driver’s seat and were able to free Rivera by taking her out through the back door of the vehicle.
Using steel struts and straps, firefighters lifted the tree off the car. Hudson Department of Public Works crews removed the tree.
The falling tree sliced a power line in half, fire officials said. National Grid was called to repair the line after it tripped a breaker.
Damage to the car’s roof combined with the damage underneath the car from the weight of the tree likely totaled the vehicle, Miller said.
The tree showed signs of decay, and that is likely the reason it fell, DeMarco said. Officials did not know who owned the tree as of late Tuesday afternoon.
DeMarco praised the team effort from National Grid, Department of Public Works, the Hudson Police Department and fellow firefighters.
Emergency crews left the scene around 8:30 p.m.
The tree was chopped up for firewood early Tuesday by the Department of Public Works, DPW Superintendent Rob Perry said.
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