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Tree from mayor's property crushes woman's car

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. -

A Woonsocket woman was sent to the hospital after a tree in the mayor's yard fell onto the car she was driving.

The woman's family said it took firefighters more than half an hour to release her from the crushed car.

The family of 20-year-old Nakya Gray was in disbelief as they tried to recover what they could from the crumbled Nissan Maxima she was driving Sunday evening. Looking at the damage, many said it's a miracle the young woman walked away from the freak accident.

Wendy Gray said her daughter was released from the hospital Sunday night with only a few bumps and bruises. She's in pain, but the family is glad she's alive.

Gray was driving down Prospect Street, heading to a friend's house, when the wind blew a tree branch onto the car she was driving. The tree belongs to Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

Gray's mother said Hunt's family quickly rushed to her daughter's aide. They helped the woman calm down until firefighters were able to free her from the crumpled steel.

On Monday, a company was already tearing the tree down. Workers told NBC 10 that the mayor said she wanted it gone if it wasn't safe.

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