A mother and her two-year-old child escaped injury Saturday afternoon when a tree fell on their SUV in the 2800 block of Clayton Road in Joppa.

"Nobody was injured," a sergeant with the Southern Precinct of the Harford County Sheriff's Office said Saturday evening.

The mother was backing her Ford Explorer out of a driveway onto Clayton Road when the trunk of a gum tree across the street fell and smashed the vehicle. The incident happened while it was still a sunny day before a powerful line of thunderstorms ripped across Harford County. The gum tree had rotted and just fell.

The child was buckled safely into a child safety seat in the right rear passenger seat. The child was taken to a hospital strictly as a precaution.


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Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company was called to the 2800 block of Clayton Road for a tree on a vehicle with a child trapped inside. Firefighters had to take the driver's side door off of the Explorer to free the mother and child.

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