I enjoyed reading the comments regarding the accident and damage to the vehicle. It is also interesting to read opinions of people who didn't witness the accident, weren't at the scene, nor have the specifics of what actually happened.
I am the driver of the "MDX totaled" posted by Roger. It was my wife's vehicle and we had it for exactly two weeks.
On December 13, 2001, I was on the way to pick up my wife from the airport when the accident occurred about 8:45 p.m.
I was traveling 55-60 mph as I came over a rise on a two lane road during a rain storm. The posted speed is 55 mph. It was also very windy (gusts to 45). Everything happened in a few short seconds. I saw something move at the top of my vision through the windshield as I topped the rise. A split second later I could see this large oak tree had fallen from the left side of the road (oncoming side), all the way across the road and 15+ feet onto the ground extending off the roadway to my right. I saw a fork in the tree slightly to the right of the center line and angled the vehicle towards it when I realized I had no chance of avoiding impact. I saw a lot of large branches sticking out towards the vehicle and was afraid they might come through the windshield and slid down in the seat as I pushed my left foot on the brake pedal just before the impact. I estimate my speed at impact between 45-50.
The man who lived in the house just off the road said he heard the first crash (the tree) and jumped off his couch when he heard the second crash less than 5 seconds later. He told me afterwards that upon hearing the second impact he was certain he would either be pulling out a body or performing CPR.
The Oregon Department of Transportation had to dispatch a crew to clear the tree from the road. The road was not cleared until after 1:00 a.m. They also had to cut the vehicle out of the tree before they could begin clearing the road. They reported the tree as 5 feet in diameter. I did not hit the trunk of the tree, rather wedged the vehicle into the fork of the tree. You can see the imprint of the upper fork branch in one of the pictures of the hood.
A member of the Fire Department who was on scene drove me a few miles back to my house (after we contacted State Police dispatch to ensure it was okay to leave the scene temporarily) to get my other car (also an Acura, but not an MDX). I returned to the scene and was interviewed by an Oregon State Trooper who told me it was pretty obvious what occurred. He had no concerns that I was at fault in any way. In fact, he didn't even file a report because no one was injured and no other vehicles were involved. He made a note in his log that he responded to the scene, wished me well, and told me drive carefully on the way to the airport.
I walked away without a scratch, much to everyone's surprise including my own.
We reordered another MDX just like the one in the pictures, minus the damage of course. I was informed today that it should be here next week.