Grandmother of infant boy among first victims of Florence describes her son’s horror at being pinned by fallen tree alongside dying wife and child

Zac Johnson and Lesha Murphy are seen above. They were in bed with their eight-month-old son Adam on Friday when a tree smashed into their home in Wilmington, North Carolina


For two agonizing hours, Zac Johnson was pinned underneath the same tree that killed his wife and eight-month-old son, in what would be the first of at least 16 deaths caused by Hurricane Florence.

Two days after the Friday death of Johnson’s son Adam and 41-year-old wife Lesha Murphy, his mother spoke out in an exclusive interview with to describe the family’s tragic ordeal.

Johnson, 48, was also seriously injured in the accident but, miraculously, his life was spared.

Firefighters frantically tried to lift the tree (pictured) that trapped a mother and her baby in a Wilmington home. The pair died before they could be rescued

He is still in at Hanover County Medical Center in critical condition but has been communicating by cell phone with family members.

Lesha and young Adam (together above) were killed by the tree, but Johnson was spared

‘I spoke with him this morning,’ Johnson’s mother, 74-year-old Mattie Johnson, told

‘He was coming out of surgery. They’re trying to save his legs, and it sounds like the surgery went well.’

‘He said his legs were stuck under the tree. He couldn’t come lose. My son told me the rescue people were working on the tree for two hours before they could get him out.’

Johnson added Zach assumed his wife and child would be alive when he was rushed to the hospital.

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