Dashcam footage shared to Twitter by the department showed the tree slowly falling down towards the road and hitting the vehicle.
Say you’re driving and when a large tree begins to fall...you catch it all on your #dashcam. 😮 That’s what happened yesterday to one of our incident responders. #Thankful one was hurt! @ORStatePolice and a logging crew helped this not become an hours-long traffic incident. pic.twitter.com/wSuZrdXhAv
— OregonDOT (@OregonDOT) December 28, 2021
The department said no-one was hurt in the incident, which took place near Wolf Creek on Monday.
Photos of the aftermath show the vehicle’s smashed windscreen, with branches and snow strewn across the road.
The department said with the help of a logging company vehicle, state police were able to clear the road of debris in about 90 minutes.
A spokesperson for the department told local media: “That tree just fell out of nowhere, and they were extremely lucky to have sneaked beneath and only got tagged by one of the branches as it fell down.
“He was just doing his job and got extremely lucky.”