05 Apr '12, 11pm

Woman's Life Saved By a Tree She Planted 50 Years Ago

Woman's Life Saved By a Tree She Planted 50 Years Ago

When 95-year-old Alice Wright planted a young live oak in front of her home in Houston 50 years ago, nursing the feeble sapling into a towering tree, she had expected perhaps only to be rewarded with the coolness of its shade against the scorching Texas sun. Little could she have known then, however, that half-a-century later that mighty oak would actually play a critical role in saving her life. Early this morning, Mrs. Wright was sound asleep when the driver of an 18-wheeler suffered a heart attack and lost control on the freeway in front of her home, sending the multi-ton 18 wheeler careening off the road on a collision course with her house. But as fate would have it, the tree she had planted years earlier was there to stop it, just a few feet from her bedroom window. Surprisingly, the clamorous close-call wasn't even enough to stir Mrs. Wright from her slumber. "My ne...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/womans-life-saved-t...

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