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Tree nearly hits moving car
Oak blocks West Main Street
McMinnville city employees David Denton, left, and Jim Bob Stubblefield were called in to work Saturday to clear an oak tree from West Main Street. One motorist crashed into the tree before it was removed.
A falling tree nearly struck a passing motorist Saturday evening on West Main Street and left the road blocked for about an hour.Rob Bernhardt and his wife, Amanda, were traveling on West Main toward downtown Saturday around 5:30 p.m. when they saw the red oak fall directly in their path.“If we had left the house another 3 seconds earlier it would have landed right on top of us,” said Rob. “I’ve never seen such a big tree fall like that.”An elderly driver who was traveling away from town didn’t see the tree and plowed into it. She said she was blinded by the evening sun, which was directly in her face.“She hit it pretty good,” said McMinnville Public Works assistant director Brad Hennessee, who was standing nearby.