DeKalb Fire: Motorist critical but lucky to be alive after tree falls on car

First responders said the driver is "lucky to be alive."

NORTH DRUID HILLS, Ga. -- Authorities say a man is lucky to be alive after a tree fell in his car in DeKalb County Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters originally responding to an accident soon found out that it was somewhat different. A massive tree estimated at 20 to 30 inches in diameter had completely fallen across Lavista Road and crushed the front of a car.

"En-route, truck one upgraded it to an entrapment call; arrived on-scene to find a car with a large tree on top of the car with a patient inside," Battalion Chief Kenney McKinney said.

McKinney said that firefighters immediately rushed to the car to stabilize it adding that even with the tree on top of it, the vehicle was still running and the driver's foot was still on the gas. They then began using the "Jaws of Life" to save the person inside. 

"That car is totaled," McKinney said. "The tree fell right across the dashboard and the hood."

Crews continued to pry apart pieces of the car and finally rescued the man from inside. He was taken to Grady breathing and semi-conscious in critical condition.  But McKinney said that the victim was lucky to survive.

"It is amazing when we get to save lives out here but that's our job and that's why we enjoy doing it," McKinney said.

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