Grandmother, grandson injured after giant tree falls on car in Clearwater

Posted at 8:52 AM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 17:39:08-04

A grandmother and her grandson were taken to a Pinellas County hospital after a giant oak plunged onto the road, crushing their car, officials said.

The accident occurred about 8:10 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Lakeview Road & S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Clearwater.

Milagros Medina, 46, and her grandson Travis Minschere sustained minor injuries and were treated by fire medics on scene. They were later transported  to Mease Countryside Hospital for what police said was treatment for minor injuries.

The Clearwater Police Department tweeted the two are "lucky to be alive."

Medina was taking her 8-year-old grandson to school at the time of the incident.

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A Clearwater tree specialist told ABC Action News the tree was last inspected two years ago and was rated a 3 on a 1-5 scale. That means it was a "moderate" risk of needing to be taken down. The tree specialist said it is nearly impossible to predict when a tree would fall.

A southbound car also was involved, but only sustained minor damage.

S. M.L.K. Jr. Avenue has been cleared and is reopen.