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Mother Nature leaves her mark on Mid-Michigan

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(07/03/12) - Mother Nature left her mark on Mid-Michigan Tuesday morning.

Thankfully, there are no serious injuries to report, but it was a busy day for emergency workers and clean up crews.

Some of the damage was in southwestern Saginaw County.

Our crews found a large tree toppled over near the intersection of Broad and Main in the village of Chesaning.

That tree just missed an apartment building and the road, but did take down a power line.

Neighbors say they never lost power.

Just down the road, also along Broad, another tree was actually blocking the road.

Nick Lea, who lives across the road from the downed tree, said he heard a loud crack and ran outside to make sure his tree was OK. It was still standing, but his neighbor's tree wasn't as fortunate.

"Yeah, it's a pretty big tree. Surprised the whole thing didn't come down, but probably better that way," Lea said.

Chesaning Public Works employees were there cutting up the tree around 11 a.m.

Workers tell us the village had at least four big trees to deal with.

Just west of Chesaning in Marion Township, there was more damage.

The first call came in around 5:15 a.m. along S. Merrill Road just south of W. Schroeder Road.

Firefighters didn't have to go far to find that tree over the road, it was right in front of the fire hall. Thankfully there was still power, allowing firefighters to get their trucks out of the garage.

Just down S. Merrill Road, a second tree was down. It also took down power lines.

One driver had a near miss at that location. "It was raining so hard and the wind was blowing with hail, we actually had a vehicle go up over the tree, went airborne. Really minor damage to the car and guy just had a little head laceration, minor injuries," said Marion Township Fire Chief Victor Weigold.

Another driver who ran into a tree was also not hurt. Weigold says this driver almost made a deadly decision after the accident. "He actually got out and had live wires on the ground when he got out, so he was very lucky."

The chief wants to remind everyone if you're ever in that situation, stay in your car until emergency crews tell you it's OK to get out.

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