Christian Farr

Woman Impaled by Tree in 2010 Has Another Close Call

You could call Ingleside resident Helen Miller one lucky woman.

Late Tuesday night, a tree near her home came crashing down, doing a bit of damage to the property, but she was unharmed and she said she never heard the tree come down.  

“They (her neighbors) said ‘are you okay’ and I said ‘what are you talking about,’” she recounted. “I didn’t know what they were talking about. They said ‘look outside of your door’ and I just wanted to cry.”

Luckily, this tree barely damaged the home, but seven years ago, her experiences with a tree ended much differently.

In 2010, a large branch fell 70 feet from a tree, smashing through the windshield of the Smart car that she was driving to work. The tree impaled the veteran art teacher, and it took a rapid rescue to save her from her vehicle.

“That tree poked me in the stomach and they had to saw off the tree and use the jaws of life to get me out of the car,” she said.

Fortunately, Miller recovered from that injury, and she is hoping that her repeated run-ins with trees are a thing of the past.

“Somebody out there is looking out for me,” she said. 

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