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Tree crushes Salisbury home, narrowly missing 5-year-old boy

By ANNA MEILER

SALISBURY CENTER, N.Y. (WKTV) -- When Ryan and Lucinda tucked their 5-year-old son into bed last night they had no idea one small move would save his life.

"We had him switch sides and another three, four feet it would have crushed him and we don't know what would have happened," said Ryan Chrisman, the boy's father.

The late night thunderstorm quickly turned destructive with strong winds snapping trees to shreds, one piercing the ceiling of their son's bedroom.

"The part of the tree you can see right through the roof where it hit the bed and everything and it just luckily broke the bed apart, the mattress fell and he slid down the mattress," said Chrisman.

Even though their home is destroyed, they say they came out of this lucky.

"The way we even have our son is unbelievable," said Lucinda Martyniuk, the boy's mother.

"That puts everything into perspective another five feet and who knows, we don't know," said Chrisman.

All across Salisbury, residents are picking up the pieces after straight line winds barreled through town.

"The wind started coming in so severe it sounded like a freight train," said Shannon Barnes, a resident.

"I mean all we heard was glass breaking, windows smashing, glass, trees snapping and felt the whole house just shake," said Gary Barnes.

Several National Grid crews from surrounding areas are helping repair downed utility poles and wires, trying to return power to the entire town.

"We'll be busy 18 hours a day until everybody's back on," said Chester Blovat, a lineman for National Grid.

The town supervisor is also hoping the governor will declare a state of emergency.

"So we can get some funding from the state to cover our overtime pay for the town people and any damage done to the fire equipment or any damage done to Salisbury, the roads or whatever," said Town Supervisor Gary Farquhar.

But in the midst of Mother Nature's fury, no matter who you ask, they will share the same feeling of gratitude as Lucinda and Ryan.

"We'll survive. There was no loss of life, so everything else can be replaced," said Shannon Barnes.

National Grid is hopeful the majority of the power will be restored by tomorrow morning, though harder hit streets may take several days.

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