A local man driving to work escaped death on Monday after a massive tree came crashing down on Yale Road East near Reeves Road.
It was a regular, early morning commute to work for 41-year-old Jeff Brown, as he travelled east on Yale Road East at 5:30 a.m. That is until he looked up and saw a "humongous" tree about to fall right on top of him.
"It's just amazing. A big tree just comes out of nowhere. I must've heard it because I looked up when it was coming down and I was like 'Holy, shit. Here goes.'"
Brown swerved out of the way, narrowly missing a tree and mail box on the other side of the road, as the tree, which he estimates was about 30 to 40 feet in height and 25 feet in width, fell over.
"Five seconds too late and I would've been crushed," he said.
"There must've been an angel sitting on my back, I tell you. There was so much potential for so many things to go wrong at that moment."
Brown crashed the front-end of his 1994 Toyota Corolla and blew out a tire in the process. The damage is so severe, he doesn't believe it will be salvaged.
Although a little shaken up, Brown was in good spirits and laughed at his good luck. "Closest I've been to near death in my life."
Brown suspects the fallen tree, which obstructed the entire road and almost caused multiple accidents, was pushed over by strong winds that plagued the Chilliwack area that morning.
According to the public works department, the tree was removed at 7:30 a.m.
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