‘Unbelievable sight’ as giant fig tree flattens car with driver inside it in inner-Sydney
Posted On April 19, 2022
A giant fig tree tore free of its foundations and flattened a sports car with a driver inside it in inner-Sydney this morning.
The driver, Jason Chong, told 9News he was driving to his work in Maroubra on what he thought was a “nice day”.
Then he heard a loud “crack” as he drove near Redfern Park in Redfern.
“This whole tree came crashing down, it stunned me for a second,” Mr Chong said, adding the tree missed him by half-a-metre.
“I got out through the passenger side, people had to drag me out … everyone was very nice.
“(But) I don’t feel any pain.”
He said he’s fine apart from a couple of cuts to his knuckle and head.
“Everyone said I should buy lotto,” he said.
“Maybe I should – might win something.”
Shocked bystanders filmed the aftermath as a shaken but uninjured Mr Chong grabbed items from the boot of the vehicle.
Video, uploaded to Facebook by Yianni Zinonos, shows the extent of damage done to the windscreen.
Mr Zinonos said it was remarkable the driver escaped unharmed.
“That’s just unbelievable that the guy is OK,” he said.
“This is an unbelievable sight, a whole tree fell on top of this car on the corner of Redfern Street and Chalmers Street.”
It’s not known what caused the tree to fall.
A spokesperson for the NSW State Emergency Service said it hadn’t received a request to attend the incident but added wet ground and strong winds were typically the cause of large trees falling.
Damage from insects or disease could also cause branches to fall, the spokesperson said.
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9news.com.au has reached out to City of Sydney for comment.