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Tree Collapses, Traps Mother & Child During Tornado

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by Marcus Washington

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. - A falling tree during Wednesday's tornado outbreak crushed a family's home, trapping a mother and her 5-year-old daughter.

The day after a tornado ripped through Michael McGregor's home, he boxed up what little he could salvage inside.

McGregor and his family were sleeping when the storm hit. His fiance had just gotten out of bed when a tree slammed through the side of the home.

"She was going to get a candle to light a candle so we could have some light and that's when the tree fell on her," said McGregor.

McGregor said couldn't get to her, so he rushed to find his kids; 5-year-old Kylee and 7-month-old Kaiden. They were trapped in their bedroom and the ceiling was on top of them, but miraculously they were not hurt.

"I was able to get her out myself and get them under a mattress to a safe spot until help got there," said the father.

His fiance, Rebecca Roberts, was alive ,but seriously hurt. She suffered two broken legs and a fractured rib, but doctors said she would recover from her injuries.

Roberts said she doesn't remember much about what happened, but was shocked to see pictures of the house

"She really didn't know what it was. She asked me what it was; so I told her it was our house and she didn't know how bad it really was. I still don't think she knows all of it," said McGregor.

Looking at the damage this tree caused to this family's home McGregor said it was really a miracle no one died.

The family has set up a fund to help Roberts at Farmers Bank. The name of the fund is "Rebecca Roberts Storm Victim Fund."

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