Driver escapes death after tree falls on his car in Saigon storm

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Workers clean up branches on a smashed car after a thunderstorm in Ho Chi Minh Wednesday night. Photo credit: VnExpress Workers clean up branches on a smashed car after a thunderstorm in Ho Chi Minh Wednesday night. Photo credit: VnExpress

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A tree was uprooted during a storm in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday night and collapsed on a car, but the driver luckily survived.
Tran Xuan Nghia stopped his car on Dinh Tien Hoang Street in District 1 during the thunderstorm at around 6 p.m. to drop off four foreigners, soon before the tamarind tree tumbled down along the sidewalk and smashed the car. 
Locals pulled the 52-year-old out of the car. He only suffered minor injuries.
A rescuer said he heard a loud noise and he looked up only to see the tree had crushed the car’s front.
A wall falls onto several motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh during the storm on July 1. Photo credit: VnExpress
“The driver was lying in his seat. He could not sit up. I pulled the door and he got out.”
The tree was around 0.8 meter in diameter. It also shattered the roof of a shop on the street.
Heavy winds also knocked down several trees on Mac Thi Buoi in District 1, Nguyen Tat Thanh in District 4 and Quang Trung in Go Vap. No casualties have been reported. 
The wall outside an apartment building in Go Vap District also fell onto seven parked motorbikes, injuring a 22-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

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