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Driver caught between a fallen tree and closed bridge

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It was good luck and bad luck, depending on how you look at it, for people trapped near the 3800 block of Paper Mill Road in Marietta.

The bridge over Sope Creek is closed, and to add insult to injury, a tree fell a couple hundred yards away blocking the only way in and out of a local neighborhood.

"I was following the GPS," Carson Carroll said. "I don't know the area at all. I am not from here so I drove by this spot, then I saw the road was washed out down below. I turned around, came back, the tree was down. So, I'm stuck in between."

Carroll was not the only one inconvenienced. People who live in the neighborhood couldn't get out, and friends and family coming by to visit for July 4th parties couldn't make it to the neighborhood.

"It is insane, it is the fourth of July, we are supposed to be able to enjoy it and the weather is just terrible," Sydney Cooper said.

Cooper was headed to a party when the falling tree delayed her arrival.

"The tree came down within minutes of me arriving there, so I feel very lucky and blessed not to have been in the way of the tree," Cooper said.

Crews couldn't just remove the tree in the road because another tree about to fall was half suspended over the road, ready to fall at any moment.

Cobb County had to bring in a bucket truck and heavy equipment to rip the tree down, to make it safe for people driving through.

The road was closed for more than 2 hours. Carroll said luck was on his side, even if he was delayed getting to his hotel room. Carroll was visiting from Virginia for a baseball tournament that was rained out.

"The way I see it, really bad luck would have been if it came down while I was passing, that's some really bad timing. Not great luck that it happened in the minute I was in between, but everything is fine," Cooper said.

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