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Atlanta teen narrowly misses being hit by falling tree

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An Atlanta teen narrowly missed being hit by a falling tree in Druid Hills during the ice storm Wednesday afternoon.

Patrick Woodland, 15, was walking along The By Way NE when a 50 foot tree snapped and fell, tearing down power lines with it.

"I was ten feet away" said Woodland. "I stepped back and was in shock and I called 911."

Dave Purdon looked out his window when he heard the tree fall and saw Woodland standing feet from the tree, a transformer had fallen and sparked.

"The tree could have killed him. Five seconds one way or the other and he could have been killed by the tree," said Purdon.

At its peak, more than 300 people in Druid Hills lost power around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Crews took chainsaws to the trunk to free the power lines and ultimately restored electricity by 10:30 p.m.

Supervisor Gabriel Casanova said this job was his crew's twelfth outage since 5 a.m.

"This isn't as windy [as other storms] so we're lucky and fortunate for that, but we do have a lot of rain, and that freezes, and that'll knock the branches out and right into the power lines," said Casanova.

Purdon and his wife spent the hours in the dark sitting by a fireplace and sipping wine.

"We don't have heat or hot water, but we have a fire and candles, and batteries and we're good," said Joan Purdon who brushed the ordeal off as a minor inconvenience, that could have been tragic.

"I'm pretty lucky to be alive," said Woodland.

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