Nacogdoches man acts fast to protect 5-month-old daughter from falling tree

“I got on all fours and covered her up”

Nacogdoches man acts fast to protect 5-month-old daughter from falling tree

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man breathed a heavy sigh of relief early this morning after a falling tree narrowly missed his in-laws’ house.

Chris Van Horn was staying at his in-laws’ house with his wife and 5-month-old daughter when he heard a tree falling outside the house.

“I was up feeding Carter at probably about one o’clock in the morning,” Van Horn said. “I heard the tree split and start to come down.”

One half fell on the front yard near Raguet Street. The other landed just feet from the house, damaging cars in the driveway. Van Horn said when he heard the noise from outside, his first instinct was to protect his daughter.

“I grabbed her, ran as far away from the window as possible, and got on all fours and covered her up and then heard the tree hit the ground and knew it didn’t hit the house," Van Horn said. “So, then we got out, came out here, and saw the damage.”

Van Horn said they’re starting to sort out insurance claims for the vehicles, but that they’re just glad little Carter James is safe.

“Luckily, it took out some cars and not any people, so that’s what we’re happy about,” Van Horn said. "It was scary stuff, but we’re glad everyone’s okay.”

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