Tree flattens car driven by Shoreline resident

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The vehicle flattened by a falling tree on I-5 near Fife was driven by a Shoreline woman.

According to TV reporting by KIRO 7, Mary Sabetto was in slow traffic on I-5, going to visit her sister in Tacoma, when the wind pressure caused a diseased tree to snap about ten feet off the ground and fall. As it fell it knocked down other trees, one of which fell directly on top of Sabetto's car, crushing it.

The tree, a cottonwood, fell across three lanes. It also hit another vehicle but that driver was not seriously injured and the car was able to be driven from the scene.

As far as Sabetto knows, she was driving down the freeway and woke up on a gurney at Harborview. She doesn't remember being removed from her car or being airlifted to Harborview.

She's in a collar with a broken rib and compression fractures. She'll be in a body cast for at least six weeks while she heals. She in in pain but was able to talk to a reporter. (See video)

KIRO 7 has a dash cam video of the tree falling.


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