‘I feel lucky’: Chesterfield man grateful after exiting car moments before disaster

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County man is grateful to be alive after a tree came crashing down on top of his vehicles during Thursday’s quick-moving thunderstorm, just moments after he had been inside one of them.

The pictures explain most of what happened at Jim Cozzens’ home off Robious Road on Thursday.

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When he heard it begin to thunder on Thursday, he went outside to roll up his car windows. And just seconds after he got out of the car …

“I heard this loud explosion and light, and I turned around and see the tree falling against the house,” he recalled. “It was the loudest explosion I’ve ever heard.”

eed40a71c59b486ea7039a76e10b69fbHe said he was in disbelief at how massive the mess was after just a split second.

“It’s a daunting task to clean up after,” he said. “I mean, it went 80 yards into the neighbors yard, around his basketball pole, all the neighbors got trash in their yards, just a major explosion of splintered wood.”

But Cozzens also understands that yards can be cleaned up and cars can be replaced.

“Somebody’s smiling at me I guess.”

“Somebody’s smiling at me I guess,” he said.

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