LEICESTER (CBS) – A falling tree missed a driver on Route 9 by mere moments on a windy Sunday. Leicester Police Department surveillance video captured the close call on camera.
“I just happen to look up and it came down it was like slow motion,” said Leicester Police Officer Derrick Ruth.READ MORE: McDonald's Requiring Face Masks Again At Most US Restaurants, Regardless Of COVID Vaccination Status
Officer Ruth was taking a left out of the police station just before one Sunday afternoon. If he pulled out a few seconds earlier the tree would have hit his cruiser.
“I put my lights on immediately as soon as I saw it fall and there were a couple of cars that were just about to hit it as well,” said Officer Ruth.
The incident happened mid-day when winds were gusting at more than 30 mph in town, according to National Weather Service reports.READ MORE: CDC: 12 Of 14 Massachusetts Counties Now High Or Substantial Risk For COVID Transmission
Video shows the tree starting to fall as a car approaches, and the driver just barely manages to avoid getting hit.
Police say the driver kept going and probably doesn’t realize the tree was falling.
“That was such a close call. If I were that person I’d run right into a store and pick up a lottery ticket because it was definitely his lucky day,” said Leicester Police Chief Kenneth Antanavica.
“Whoever the person it happened to maybe they can see it on camera now and be grateful someone was watching out for them,” said Susan Higgins.MORE NEWS: Barack Obama To Scale Back Martha’s Vineyard Birthday Party Due To Delta Variant
The tree closed Route 9 from the center of town to Main Street for a while on Sunday.