GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A Grand Rapids man had a near miss Sunday afternoon when he was hit on the head by part of a falling tree. He said things could have been worse -- he could have been further beneath the large tree when it uprooted and tipped over.
Marco Guillen was cutting the grass at his home in the 1600 block of Horton Avenue SE when his lawn mower stopped working.
"It turned right off on me and I pulled start, and that's when I feel the branches over my head," Guillen said. "Actually knocked me down in there."
He heard a snap and the giant, old tree in his neighbor's yard simply fell over. It smashed the newly paid-off pickup truck in Guillen's driveway.
"This is scary," he said.
He said he would have continued walking toward the tree had the mower continued working. And had he been much closer, he said, "I'd be gone."
His son Marco Jr. heard the snap, too, and saw the tree fall from inside.
"It sounded like a big branch broke," Marco Jr. recalled.
Guillen took a hit to the head and walked away with only a bump and scrape.
"It just turned right off. And I wondered why. It's a brand new mower. The mower shut off for a reason. You know, God? I don't know," he said. "Material stuff, you can replace that, but life is not. Thanks to God for that."
Guillen said he got checked out at the hospital to make sure his head is OK.
Grand Rapids city workers were headed to the scene Sunday afternoon to start cleaning up the mess.
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