Tree falls on car during rush hour in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A terrifying drive home for one woman in Richmond as a tree fell onto her car trapping her inside. It happened around 5:30 Monday on Huguenot Road near Chippenham. You may have been stuck in traffic, but that's nothing compared to this woman's scare.

Pati Cosby's car was covered by a huge tree. It fell while she was driving during rush hour along Huguenot Road in Richmond.

"I said, 'Oh, this is a low limb. I wonder if I need to pull around it' and as I was saying that the limb came down. Heavier, heavier, until I was engulfed by the tree and I couldn't move," Pati said.

It's not clear how the tree fell. Patti is still in disbelief -- after all how many people can say a tree fell on their car while they were driving.

"I went, 'Oh my gosh! There is a tree on me!' And it was gentle in a way, even thought it has done some damage it came down very gently and totally engulfed me and I thought I can't go anywhere," she said.

Cosby says two drivers behind her helped her get out of the car. She had to climb over the front seat to free herself. It was quite the experience and a sight to see once she finally was freed.

She travels this road daily and nothing like this has ever happened. It's a story she'll be telling to family and friends for a while.

"I saw it at first and then came the crunch, crunch, crunch as the thing landed and I looked in my rear view mirror and saw it was behind me and around me and in front me," Pati said.

Crews eventually removed the tree. We are still working to see what caused it to fall. Cosby was not injured and she's not sure how much damage was done to her car.

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