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Teen escapes SUV before it was hit by tree

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Updated: 8/02/2013 8:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News traveled along the path of destruction, that Thursday's EF-2 tornado left for the Arlington area.

Fences were knocked down, trees were shredded and debris was piled up along the median on Monument road. Then we found a home with serious structural damage.

"That's where the tree fell in they're actually covering it up so nothing else can get through it," said Arlington resident, Sandra Beaver.

She let our cameras go inside, to show us where the roof caved in.

"I jumped up and was calling my son, and when I went into the living room he was covered under a lot if the debris that fell through the roof," she said.

Beaver tells me her son made it out with minor injuries. We heard a very similar story, when we went across the street to the Shadow Wood community.

"I saw that it was about to rain and I told my son to go out and roll up my windows, so when he got my keys and went out to roll up the windows, seconds after he came out that's when I heard the winds. It sounded like a freight train," said Arlington resident, Staci Williams.

Williams says her 16-year-old son escaped from the SUV, right before it was clobbered by a tree.

"If he was not in the car he would have been in his room, which is where he was first, so the ceiling would have came down on him. It was a close call both ways," she said.

Williams tells Action News her car is likely totaled, her roof will be fixed within a week, and she's just relieved that she and she son lived to tell this tale.


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