Tree falls on SUV in Fairmount Park with family still inside

A day in Fairmount Park turned frightening when a large tree fell on an SUV, while a family was sitting inside.
A day in Fairmount Park turned frightening when a large tree fell on an SUV, while a family was sitting inside.

It happened Sunday afternoon in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia.

Hassan Gamble and his three children were leaving the park after a few hours of fun when things took a turn.

A tree came down fast, right at the base, striking his Yukon SUV.

"It was like a cracking noise and the tree fell on the car. I didn't say nothing, I just started crying," said 9-year-old Saulihah Gamble.

"I looked back to see if they were okay. They said they were crying, I hopped out, let the back door out and we got out," said Gamble.

The West Philadelphia father was able to get his children out quickly and no one was injured.

Gamble says he was unsure at the time if the power line that the tree took down was still energized.

Firefighters and Philadelphia police arrived and secured the scene which is just a few yards away from where several other children were playing.

A PECO crew was called in to respond to the downed wire.

While Sunday was beautiful, officials believe the recent severe weather is what caused the tree to come down.
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