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Tree falls on Dickson girl, breaking her backbone, ribs

DICKSON, Tenn. (WSMV) – Sturdy storms got here dangerously near killing a Dickson girl Friday morning when a part of a tree got here crashing down on her entrance porch.

It left her trapped below its weight and broke her backbone and several other ribs. That’s based on Nancy Rutan’s husband, Gary, who watched all of it.

“Abruptly, it obtained actual darkish, and I’m going, ‘what the heck is occurring out right here,’ Gary Rutan stated. “A giant tree got here down and landed on prime of her, the deck, and the whole lot.”

Nancy, her husband says, was out on the entrance porch, having fun with a cup of espresso and speaking on the cellphone, when the tree got here crashing down.

As of Friday night time, she’s in a Nashville hospital – alert however in ache.

“I’m simply dumbfounded; I couldn’t imagine it,” Gary Rutan stated. “It’s simply unbelievable how one thing may take it out that fast.”

As Nancy, 67, lay caught below the tree, Gary referred to as 911. First responders confirmed up inside 10 minutes, he says, releasing her after reducing the tree with chainsaws.

Gary says he was minutes away from leaving for an appointment.

“That’s all I can say; thanks, Lord, for letting me be right here,” Gary Rutan stated. “The EMS man stated should you would’ve left, who would’ve referred to as 911?”

Now strewn throughout the Rutan’s entrance yard are limbs and items from their patio.

The entrance porch they’ve loved for a lot of the 31 years they’ve been married is barely standing.

It’s now a restore challenge, Gary, who’s 70-years-old, says he’ll get to it in time.

His precedence is caring for his spouse.

“All these things could be changed,” Gary Rutan stated.

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