Irondale house collapses, babysitter speaks out

IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — The babysitter who was home when a tree fell and split an Irondale home in half, is recovering.

She told WIAT about how frightening it was being under all of the debris for hours. She could not get to the five children she was babysitting.

“They couldn’t see me and I couldn’t see them. The only thing I could do is touch my daughter’s leg. I tried so hard to fight my way out, but there was a lot of roofing and the actual tree was on top of me. It seemed like it took an eternity, but we made it out,” said Amanda Courson Reed.

Courson-Reed says she did not expect to make it out alive, but it was her daughter that kept her going.

“My chin was so far down to my chest. It made it feel like I was slowly losing oxygen. I didn’t want my daughter to see that.

Her daughter, three year old Lucy Reed, is recovering from a bruised shoulder blade. To compound even more tragedy, three of the kids she was watching, lost their mother last year.

“They are very strong and resilient children. I hate that they had an additional trauma but I know that they’re going to make it through just fine” says Courson-Reed.

All of the 5 kids that were in the house were able to walk away with minor injuries.


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The family’s dog is missing. If anyone has information on where the dog could be, you’re asked to call 205-410-7421.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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