SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Calls quickly came into the Pulaski 911 center from concerned callers not sure of the extent of damage or injury when part of a large tree came crashing down onto Main Street Tuesday night.
“I couldn’t tell, because of everything that was going on, but it looks like someone might have wrecked also,” a caller is heard telling the dispatcher.
In fact inside the Ford F150, Maris O’shaughnessy was knocked unconscious when the impact caused her to slam her head into the windshield.
“Yeah, my boyfriend was there to save my life,” she said.
She says his arm instinctively went out over her and stopped her forward progress because her seat belt didn’t catch. She says he also saw the impact coming and quickly threw the truck into reverse.
“If we went a couple of inches ahead, then none of us would be here today. It would have come through the sunroof and totaled the truck,” said the 18 year old.
And police say there was a cable that was tied around the tree, trying to prevent what happened Tuesday from happening.
In fact, another cable can be seen holding the rest of the y-shaped tree together. The tree stands on property where a historic home once stood..and where Tuesday O’shaughnessy believes she escaped a tragedy.
"Just glad I'm here today," she said.
The 18 year old suffered a concussion but is expected to make a full recovery.
Police say they are not sure what caused the tree to collapse because there was not any severe weather in the area at the time.