SE Portland couple escapes harm after tree crashes onto van

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Southeast Portland woman, Jeannie Harwood, is thankful to be alive after a large fir tree narrowly missed crushing her in her minivan just before noon.

Her partner, musician Charles Suniga, is fortunate he was not electrocuted trying to rescue her.

The incident began a block from their home as Harwood began a Christmas errand.

Harwood said she remembers coming to a full stop at the corner before turning right on Southeast 142ndAvenue.

“So I went to turn, I just started to turn and my windshield just [obliterated]. And I thought a big huge branch had fallen on it,” she said. “I didn’t know. And then more branches just kept coming! And I was kind of stunned and I looked back and I saw the power lines wrapped around the car.”

Her partner, Charles, heard the crash and raced out the front door of their home.

“I just felt that

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