Dorothy Lane stands outside her Sycamore Road home in Franklin, which was damaged after Thursday’s winds snapped a pine tree in her front yard. -- Stephen H. Cowles | Tidewater News

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Tree crashes onto Franklin home

Published 10:09am Friday, February 1, 2013


FRANKLIN—Dorothy Lane of Sycamore Road in Franklin said she’ll never forget what Thursday’s winds did to her home.

Around 1:30 to 2 a.m., a pine tree in her front yard snapped, landing on one of her Cadillacs and front porch.

“Thank God the other Cadillac was in the back,” Lane said.

Part of the tree also fell through the roof and into the home’s front hallway.

“I had just walked through here to get some cookies and took them back to bed,” said Lane. “About 10 to 15 minutes later, I heard a sound like a freight train exploding.”

The frightening incident left her with a day-long headache Thursday.

“I feel a little nervous,” she added. “That wind was awful.”

Lane considers it a miracle that neither she nor her oldest son, Curtis, were hurt.

“We were just blessed. God protected us,” she said.

Clean-up and repairs are expected to cost $25,000 to $30,000, said Lane. She had insurance and expects work to start Friday.

Lane will spend an additional $20,000 to get rid of the remaining 13 pine trees.

A former resident of Mariner Street, she moved to Sycamore in November.

  • spdrewry

    I think we should outlaw two caddies in one family, get on it city council.

    Suggest Removal

  • SandMan

    “Thank God the other Cadillac was in the back,” Lane said.


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    • spider68

      I was wondering how long it would take the same ole constant denigraters of everything and everyone to come forth.

      I also think that every family should be restricted to one ten old pickup truck.

      Suggest Removal

  • Liberty With Responsibility

    This tragedy happens too often. Franklin ought to prohibit tall trees in yards of homes. We have to do something!

    Suggest Removal

    • curious

      Old growth pines will do it all of the time.

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    • SandMan

      Maybe legislation should be enacted to limit the height of trees….or limit the number of branches to 10…and make sure there are no more than 5 pinecombs on each branch!
      Excuse me….I have to go talk to my kids about the dangers of trees!

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      • simplifyingit

        that would be pine cones………don’t want your bill to fail over a misspelling

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