Mother shields toddler son from falling tree in Arlington

ARLINGTON, MA (WHDH) - A woman walking with her young son in Arlington on Monday afternoon was struck and injured when a massive tree branch snapped under the weight of heavy snow and intense winds.

“Our son is a wonderful person and I think she saved his life,” Jonnie Dredge said of his wife Sarah, who shielded their toddler son from the falling tree.

Dredge was walking with her 2-year-old son near Bellevue Road and Morton Road when the branch suddenly crashed to the ground.

She suffered a concussion, and miraculously, her little boy escaped without injury.

“I saw that whole branch coming down on them with all the snow raining down,” a witness told 7News. “I was like, oh my god, they are crushed under there.”

Arlington police said a utility pole, live electrical lines and a power transformer also came down. One vehicle was damaged.

“God was watching out for them. I really though somebody was going to be dead for sure,” the witness said.

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