An elderly McDuffie County woman expressed thanks to God for sparring her life after a wind storm uprooted a large tree that ended up crushing her car in the driveway.
Annie Cobb, who suffers from diabetes and is wheelchair-bound because of an amputation to her left leg, was not injured as a result of the Chinaberry tree having fallen. Ms. Cobb lives alone.
"I'm so thankful to the Lord that He didn't let nothing happen to me," said Ms. Cobb. "It (tree) could have hit my house and killed me at the same time."
She explained that she was inside her single-wide mobile home at the time the tree fell on her Dodge Aires and that she never heard anything.
"I'm always looking out the kitchen window or the back door," said Ms. Cobb. "When I looked out the window, I thought it was just some small limbs that had struck my car."
A look out her back door a little later revealed far more extensive damages than that, though.
"I couldn't believe that big tree fell on the top of my car," said the 62-year-old Ms. Cobb, who lives at 3301 Wellmaker Road, near Dearing. "It looks like I won't have a car for a while."
After discovering what had happened, Ms. Cobb telephoned her sister, Lula Brown, of Harlem, who placed a call for help from the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services when she arrived.
"I'm just so glad she's alright," said Ms. Brown. "This could have turned out so much worse. I'm just thankful it didn't."
Ms. Brown's niece, Debra Brown, of Augusta, who was visiting a relative in Harlem, also drove up to check on Ms. Cobb, as did a number of other family members and friends.
After the tree smashed the car, it splintered an electrical power pole belonging to Jefferson Energy Cooperative.
Firefighters on the scene said Ms. Cobb would have to notify her insurance agency about the damages her car sustained.