Tree Crashes Through Sumter County Home

Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- A Sumter woman narrowly escaped being seriously injured in the winter mess after she had a strange feeling to leave her house at the Terwood Mobile Home Park.

"I just felt it in my heart that something wasn't right. The trees were swaying and they were making a cracking sound, but it wasn't like ice," said Betty Mcleod. "It was some different sound of crack and I just felt it in my heart that I needed to get out of there."

Shortly after leaving, a heavy branch crashed into her bedroom and through her matress -- exactly where Mcleod would have been sleeping.

"It's overwhelming, it's making me look at life a lot differently," said Mcleod. "Just how fast something could be snatched away from you."

McLeod says she's had concerns with the tree before because it's no longer alive and stands directly over her home. Mobile home park owner Dewey Jowers says that's exactly why they're not able to remove it.

"A live branch is not going to be broken, but after it dies you can't cut the tree down after the trailer is already in place, you've got to wait until the trailer is moved out before you cut it down," said Jowers.

Though the accident has caused Mcleod to lose her clothes, bed, and many items, she says that isn't what's important to her.

"Material items, it really doesn't matter to me," said Mcleod. "I just thank God that myself, my son and my little mini doxen weren't at home."

McLeod is now staying with friends in Pinewood until the insurance company assesses the damage, allowing her to restore her home.


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