Huge tree likely toppled by wind lands on cars at local apartment complex

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At least three car owners are trying to figure out how to repair damage to their vehicles. A tree at their apartment complex fell over and landed on the cars.

The tree fell directly on two cars, and branches hit the windshield of a pickup at the Mission Villas apartments. Neighbors say they noticed the tree swaying during a storm that brought strong winds to the area.– Amanda Quintero had just put her two children to bed when she and her husband both heard what sounded like a car crash outside their second-floor apartment at the Mission Villas Tuesday night.

“My husband and I were both in shock,” Quintero said. “We were, like, ‘What? Is this real?’ At first, we thought it was a dream.” The sight they saw at the apartment complex, not far from Pleasanton Road and Southwest Military Drive, turned into more of a nightmare for the owners of the cars Wednesday morning.The tree landed on top of two compact cars, smashing the roof in on one of them. Some of the top branches also shattered the windshield of a pickup.“Thankfully, the cars were empty. But we got ahold of everyone who had the vehicles and alerted them about what happened,” she said.

“You could see the tree was swaying and tipping over, and that’s when I knew it was going to fall,” Quintero said.Had the tree not fallen on the cars, there’s a chance it could have toppled in the opposite direction, landing on the apartment building, itself.Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas.


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