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Massive tree collapses in Buckner, crushing 2 vehicles

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A Buckner family thought it was an earthquake when a tree came crashing down on top of their cars. A Buckner family thought it was an earthquake when a tree came crashing down on top of their cars.
BUCKNER, MO (KCTV) -

A Buckner family thought it was an earthquake when a tree came crashing down on top of their cars.

The owners said that the tree had been dead for quite some time, and it was only a matter of time before it would fall. What they didn't expect was that it would cause so much damage and crush two of their vehicles.

Even up close, it is hard to comprehend the damage caused by the 80-year-old maple tree, downed not by a strong wind but by its own dead weight.

Adam Schanuch and his grandmother could barely navigate the limbs and leaves now covering their yard. Schanuch was inside working on his computer when he heard the crash.

"I'm like, 'Holy cow. I'm actually alive after that.' I would have been squashed," Schanuch said.

Caught in the crunch were his grandfather's Ford F-150 and Toyota Tercel.

Schanuch called his grandmother, who was out shopping, to prepare her for what she was about to see. It didn't work.

"I come home and pulled in our driveway, and I just about crapped," Kay Hamlin said.

Hamlin said the tree grew on her neighbor's property, and he neglected it. Even though she and her husband had some of the limbs that hung near her home trimmed, she lived in fear of the tree.

"And I would go to bed at night when it stormed, scared to death that tree would come down," she said. "I thank God it is down and nobody got hurt, and my house wasn't injured."

The family said that they are still waiting to get estimates on the damage to their cars. They have also hired an attorney to see if the neighbor who failed to cut down the tree could be held responsible. 

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