Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 4, 2013

‘I’ve seen a miracle today’

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Traffic was blocked temporarily on South College Avenue in Bluefield after a tree fell over and slid into the southbound lane Saturday afternoon at 3:35 p.m.

“For some reason, I saw the leaves moving on the hillside and knew to stop,” Stephanie Price said. Price and her mother-in-law, Sarah Price, were traveling to Boissevain, Va., to take peaches to her (Stephanie’s) father.

“I’ve seen a miracle today, I’ll tell you that,” Stephanie Price said. “How it came down that hillside and didn’t hit us, I’ll never know. I’ve been a volunteer with the Burke’s Garden Volunteer Fire Department since 1999, and I don’t think I’ve been this shook up before. If someone would have been in front of us, they wouldn’t have made it.”

The Bluefield, Va., Volunteer Fire Department and the Bluefield, Va., Police Department were on the scene in a matter of minutes to provide assistance, and direct traffic. Within 20 minutes, Bluefield, Va., street department personnel had cut the portions of the tree in the road and hauled them away.

“I think my EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Course) training helped,” Price, the safety & training officer with the Burke’s Garden department said. “You learn to watch everything at all times, and when I saw the leaves moving, I hit the brakes.

“Can you imagine ... All of the times I’ve traveled in and out of Burke’s Garden, and a tree almost falls on me when I drive into Bluefield?” Price said.

Bluefield, Va., Fire Chief Jim Hardy said there were no injuries in the incident.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com