Woman, 20, recovering after 5,000 lbs. tree falls on bedroom

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Josh Einiger has the story from Great Neck. (WABC)

On Monday evening, work crews patched up the crated in the roof of the home at 11 Wooleys Lane East, where 20-year-old Stephanie Epstein, back from college for the summer was trying to sleep in her bed, and wound up trapped after a 5,000 pound tree crashed down in the middle of the night.

Epstein's grandmother breathed a sigh of relief as her dad, a doctor himself, told Eyewitness News that his daughter is very lucky. He was there every step of the rescue.

"She was talking to us the whole time - she did a good job keeping in good spirits," said Steven Blocker of the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company, "we worked with her the whole two hours, we were there making sure we could get her out safely."

The tree toppled just after midnight as storms rolled through Long Island's North Shore. It isn't clear exactly what caused the tree to fall, and what caused Epstein's brush with death. In fact, the brush with death was so close for Epstein, rescuers say had she not been sleeping on her side, the outcome might have been much different.
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