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Georgia mothers recall how a tree felled by a tornado fell on a jeep with children inside, nearly killing them


The incredible story of the survival of two young mothers who shared a car with their children during a tornado that hit Spaulding County on January 12th. A massive tree fell on their jeep and nearly killed them.

Looking at the photos and videos, you will agree that it is unlikely that anyone survived. The people following the jeep were able to free the children almost immediately. It took rescuers almost two hours to cut out two mothers stuck under a tree.

“I heard a crack and it hit us right away,” passenger Mariah Complien said.

It was a heroic attempt to free Liesl Swenson and Complien from the jeep. They were only minutes away from home and were returning from a store when a tornado hitting Spaulding County knocked a pine tree onto the road.

“The babies were fine. They didn’t get hit by glass or anything else,” Complien said.

Liesl Swanson, the driver, was knocked unconscious but remembers the minutes before the tornado struck.

“If I close my eyes, I can see that it was just dark when you looked out the window,” Svenson said. “The jeep was hit by objects due to the fact that stones, debris, etc. were flying around.” But she says that’s all she remembers.

Liesl’s daughter Gemma turned two the next day. Mariah Wren’s daughter is 11 months old.

Other motorists and a Fayetteville police officer on duty helped and cared for the children from the back seat of the jeep.

Husbands Landon and Tyler were nearby. They were also on the roads during the storm. They will wait nervously for the rescue to unfold.

Both women were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with broken necks and other broken bones. Now they are at home and on the mend, alive and grateful.

“I’m grateful for our church and our families, some of them came from Minnesota to help us take care of the kids,” Swenson said.

For these two young moms, GoFundMe is set up. It is called Lisel and Mariahs Jeep Miracle.

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