Falling tree crushes travel trailer, pinning RVer inside

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An elderly woman was trapped in her travel trailer after a large oak tree fell on it Thursday in Pasco County, Florida. Firefighters had to set up specialized airbags to lift the tree and roof off of the trapped woman, who was then flown to a nearby trauma center.

They were also able to rescue the woman’s small dog, Oreo, who refused to leave his owner’s side as she remained pinned, bent over at her waist, in her bedroom beneath a portion of the tree.

Friends said the woman was expected to recover.

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Gary

Lucky lady! We’ve all seen what happens to a trailer/RV park when a tornado hits. Even a house isn’t immune to this kind of damage.

Sharon B

When non campers ask me what my TT is made of I just say it’s made with spit and glue. And that is the truth. When I see what these trailers are made of I just can’t believe they get away with it. My unit is still looks like brand new, but if I get hit in a storm I will go in my truck or the nearest brick bathroom.

Paul Swalina

How do you post a photo here. Would like to show a photo of our RV when a large tree fell on it. Luckily we parked it and went in the house, sometime during the storm the tree fell on it. The claim adjuster said he has never seen anything like it. It fell down the center and look like a Taco.

Rick V

The government should have better building codes on how these RV motor homes/trailers are made..These RV companies have been getting away with unsafe construction of these trailers and motor homes. I understand that a big tree falling can do damage to a house but this story is only one of many problems with these RV’s.

Rolph

This was a close call. Where is the vehicle that pulls this trailer? I certainly pray for her health and quick recovery and the restoration of what she lost.

michael kaminski

yes, from what the photo’s showed, she was REALLY LUCKY AND HER FAITHFUL DOG ALWAYS THERE WHEN SHE NEEDED HIM/HER MOST.

Martha H.

Holy cow! That lady and her dog were lucky to have survived.

Tommy Molnar

I guess when we’re boondocking in the NV desert I should be HAPPY there are no trees around – 😀

Donald N Wright

In the Boy Scouts, we learned about “widow makers” and furry critters, but never about falling trees. Was there a storm or termite/pest damage to the tree ? Let’s hope the trailer and the lady was insured.