Woman hurt by falling tree talks about ordeal

September 22, 2013 (CHICAGO)

"It happened so fast, I didn't have time to be afraid," Bernice Packer said.

Packer says she had just about finished cleaning leaves out of a drain when the tree snapped and knocked her down.

She was hit on the right side of her head and her arm.

A neighbor told her to stay put and called for help.

"Lately I notice it was real rotted, and some of the neighbors said they had been trying to get the city to cut it down, but they weren't successful," said Packer.

Packer says she knew the tree would come down at some point, but she thought a storm would blow it over.

She spent five hours at the hospital but is just swollen and sore Sunday.

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