Tree falls on couple in car: 'I just remember chaos'

Tree falls on couple in car: 'I just remember chaos'

CANBY, Ore. – Chris Natelborg said the minutes seemed like hours as he and his wife Tymona waited for help.

The couple had just parked in front of Tymona’s parents’ house when 100-foot tall tree crashed down on their car Sunday afternoon.

“I just remember chaos after that,” said Chris Natelborg. “With the windows shattering and the roof coming down. Disbelief in my head, like, is this a dream?”

The tree’s roots were rotten. A gust of wind knocked it over.

Chris fractured his shoulder, but that was the worst of their injuries.

“My chest was on the center console,” he said. “The roof was on my back, so just enough room for my torso to fit in there and Tymona was on the floor. She had her seat belt off so she was able to get on the floor quick.”

They called 9-1-1 from the car. Rescue crew members pulled them out through the passenger side window.

Chris said it was all over in about ten minutes.

“It felt like an eternity while we were in there,” he said.

Chris said he didn’t usually park his car in that particular spot in front of his in-laws’ house. This time though, he was glad he did.

“We’re just thankful that normally, where the tree fell, my brother and his wife park there with my nieces on Sundays, and they were late. So I’m glad it didn’t fall on them,” he said.

“We’re just thankful. Counting our blessings for sure.”