CANBY – A husband and wife were trapped in a car after a tree fell on it and "flattened it like a pancake" Sunday, firefighters said.
The tree was roughly 30 inches in diameter and 100-feet long. It fell around 2:45 p.m. near 950 NE 34th Place.
The couple had just pulled into the driveway of their family home when the tree came down on them. They were able to crawl out the driver's side window and firefighters also arrived to help.
The man and woman were taken to Oregon Health and Science University with minor injuries and later released. The husband, who had been driving, suffered a fractured shoulder. More specific details about his wife's injuries were not released.
"When they came out everybody was standing up and everybody looked good," said Bernie VanHouten, a parent of one of the victims.
"They must of have a bright light shining down on them because if you look at the passenger compartment, especially the driver’s compartment, there’s about a space of about two loaves of bread in there," said Chief Troy Buzalsky with the Canby Fire District.
An arborist said the downed tree was due to a combination of saturated soil, root failure and wind.
The couple had just moved to Canby from Michigan.