WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com)  —  A Westwood apartment complex was red-tagged Friday after a large 75-foot tree slammed into it and caused heavy structural damage.

CBS2’s Tom Wait reported that, fortunately, no one was injured by the tree when it crashed into the complex’s second floor.

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One woman, a UCLA student, told him she was inches away and narrowly escaped being hit.

“I was just sitting in bed,” said Madeline Whittle, “trying to enjoy a Friday morning of [having] no class.”

She had little warning to get out of the way.

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“I heard, like, this giant thunder popping sound. And the next thing I knew, this branch is coming through the ceiling.”

She said had her roommate been in the room on her bed, she would have been killed.

“I was lucky that my leg was the only thing that got scratched,” said Whittle.

Another resident came back to get her belongings.

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Wait asked her if she was okay and she replied, “Yeah, but severely, emotionally distraught.”

Officials said rain and heavy winds brought the tree down.

Wait said the building housed approximately eight units.

He said residents of the building could be seen coming and going all day trying to gather their belongings after they’re ruined by the rain.






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