A man in Changsha, Hunan province managed to escape in the nick of time when an SUV came crashing down from a tree above him. Yes, a tree.
The man, Li Zhijun, was playing with his phone beneath a six-meter tall camphor tree on June 15 when he suddenly heard a loud cracking noise from above. He looked up to see a large shadow and instinctively ran from the spot. Upon turning around, Li was shocked to see an SUV balancing precariously in the treetop after seemingly crashing through the guardrails of a 10-meter-tall platform next to it. The vehicle suddenly rolled off of the branches and plummeted to the ground.
The owner of the SUV, a 20-year-old woman, managed to crawl out of the front seat of the vehicle on her own after it’d crashed upside down. Two pedestrians helped pull a male passenger from the backseat out of the car as well. The pair were rushed to the hospital around 15 minutes later.
Li said the two likely wouldn’t be alive had the SUV not landed on the tree, which managed to soften the fall. He added that the female driver did not appear to have been inebriated.
Reporters at the site noted that the two guardrails on the platform were not firmly installed and were easily moved upon contact. It’s speculated that the driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake when she was trying to make a turn.
By Crystal Lau
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