A tree grows in New York? Terrifying tree tales

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GREAT NECK, NY - A couple of stories out of the Northeast this week will make you think twice about Mother Nature.

A 20-year-old college student was home in Great Neck, New York for summer break, sleeping in an upstairs bedroom, when a huge tree just snapped and fell through the roof. The woman was trapped in the bed for more than two hours as emergency crews tried to get her out. Amazingly, she wasn't seriously hurt.

"The tree right now is literally resting dead center in her bed," said tree cutter David Cion. "It was just one of those things that makes you just look up and wonder because if the girl wasn't cuddled to the side or something, it would have been a different set of circumstances."

Then in Maryland, a man out for a walk got trapped by a tree for a week. It looks like he fell down an embankment, then got wedged under the huge limb. No one spotted him until seven days later. Besides being a little dehydrated, he was OK.

"We were stunned," said the man's caretaker, Imelda Clarke. "The first thing you say is, 'Thank God! He's alive!' That's the first thing that comes to your mind."

Note to self: don't turn your back on Mother Nature.

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