‘Unbelievable sight’ as giant fig tree flattens car with driver inside it in inner-Sydney

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.

A driver was left stunned after a huge tree crashed onto his car’s bonnet at traffic lights. (Supplied / 9News)
“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.”

The driver joked he may buy a Lotto ticket after the lucky escape.
The driver joked he may buy a Lotto ticket after the lucky escape. (9News)

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.”

The driver was seen grabbing items out of the car's boot as the video revealed the crushed windshield.
The driver was seen grabbing items out of the crushed car’s boot. (Supplied/Facebook)

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.

The car was crushed as the tree toppled onto it.
The car was crushed as the tree toppled onto it. (Supplied/Facebook)

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.

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