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Falling tree narrowly misses Valrico couple

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VALRICO (FOX 13) -

Shaneen Burr was sure she was about to die.

"When I got ready to turn and look it was already on top of me," Burr said.

A massive tree crashed down without warning, hitting the top of the house, then rolling off and slamming onto her boyfriend's truck -- the same truck they were about to get into.

"It was just a normal day. It just collapsed," Burr said.

"It was leaning over just like this. And there was no wind blowing. No bad weather. I yelled for her to get out of the way. And by the time I said ‘way,' it was already down. That's a big tree," says Bobby Johnson.

The tree hit Shaneen in the head, knocking her over. Her boyfriend was hit in the back, but he somehow got her to safety.

"I was petrified. He was like come on, come on. But he managed. I don't know where he got the strength from, but he just pulled me out from under there," Burr said.

"The only thing that really saved her life is the fact that I had my door open and it took the force that the tree had, and pushed it more onto the hood instead of crushing her," Johnson said.

The huge oak tree may have been green, but inside it was almost completely rotted out. With all the rain we've had lately, experts say many rotted trees are keeling over.

"I know it's a dangerous situation. Something's got to be done about it," Johnson said.

They say it's the second tree to fall in the yard in the last few months. He says he asked the landlord to get rid of this one, after the first one came down.

"All I know is that I got her out from under there and she was breathing and I was breathing. My work truck destroyed. That's immaterial. I'm just happy to be able to walk away from it."

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