Woman avoids injuries after hitting Christmas tree on I-210

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Kim LaRocca says she's lucky to be alive after her car hit a tree on northbound Interstate 210 Friday night near mile marker 10.

"The snow was coming down so hard, I [could] hardly see anything," LaRocca said. "I was terrified. I didn't know what to do."

After hitting the tree, LaRocca says she pulled over and dialed 911.

According to LaRocca, the police told her she was lucky to be alive.

"They were telling me it could have killed me or something because someone didn't secure their tree," LaRocca said.  "I could have hit the cars. I could have gone off the embankment. The tree could have come into my car, anything could have happened."

LaRocca thinks the owners of the tree were probably in such a rush, they didn't make sure the tree was secure before they got on the road.

Across town, workers at Christmas Trees USA say there's a certain method one must follow when trying to tie a tree to a vehicle. They say one must make sure the tree is tight in both the front and back.

Christmas Trees USA tie their customer's trees to their vehicles to make sure the tree is tight and secure.

LaRocca's vehicle suffered major damage and is currently at a local wrecker. LaRocca says she'll know the extent of the damage some time this week.

Luckily, LaRocca said, she's fully insured. However, she still wants anyone with any information about whose tree she hit to come forward and tell police.

LaRocca hopes anyone who plans on transporting a tree with a vehicle takes the proper steps to make sure the tree is secure, or has the professionals do it for them.

"Do it right the first time and a lot of things can be avoided," she said.

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