WODEN, TX (KTRE) - For some reason, a 19-year-old girl got up during the night and went to sleep with her sister a few hours before a massive 100-year-old red oak tree fell onto their house in Woden early Thursday morning, hitting her bed.
The patriarch of the family is counting their blessings even though the house he grew up in was heavily damaged.
According to Oleta Quinn no one was hurt when the tree crashed into their house. She said that she had just sent her son to school and was on the first floor of the house when the tree came down. She said that her pre-school age grandson had been lying on the couch when he got up and stood in the middle of the room. Quinn said that her grandson was obviously terrified, but he wasn't hurt.
Wayne Quinn said because her 19-year-old daughter got up and went across the room to sleep with her younger sister, the tree missed her. It hit the bed where her older daughter had been sleeping. According to Quinn, her older daughter told her that she rarely slept with her sister. Heather had no explanation why she fell asleep in her sister's bed, but was thankful she did.
In all, six people live at the house in Woden, according to Quinn. She said five of them were home when the tree fell on their house, which was built in 1923.
Terry Drewery, the owner of Drewery Tree Service in Nacogdoches said there was no indication that the tree was struck by lightning or was blown over by strong winds. He said that the tree fell over because the ground is so saturated with water from the recent rains.
"It was just me finding my kids and trying to make sure they were all safe," Wayne Quinn said.
Oleta Quinn, the first up in the family, had gotten one son off to school.
"That's when the rumble come and you just heard him blood hurdling scream," Oleta Quinn said.
"All of this sheetrock here crashed on the couch," Wayne Quinn said. "When I seen him he was standing out here just screaming." >
Quinn's attention then turned to an upstairs bedroom where his two daughters slept.
"At the foot of the steps I called to my daughters and I got an answer," Wayne Quinn said.
"You know material things they can be replaced, but you can't replace our kids," Heather Quinn said.
"Sometimes you can walk around your trees, if you see a tree start to hump up on one side, you notice that's the root system breaking," Drewery said. "And they'll be cracks sometimes in the ground. If you see that call someone immediately, a professional tree man. He needs to come out ASAP, get the tree down because it is breaking and it doesn't have long to stand."
In Nacogdoches, a tree at the Fredonia Elementary School playground fell across a fence and into power lines causing a temporary outage. On East Starr, a tree actually sunk straight down first before falling.
Drewery says that's the first time in his lengthy career that he's seen a tree cause a sink hole before falling.
In Lufkin, several trees collapsed due to the over-saturation of the ground.