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Wild dashcam footage shows a large tree crash down on to an Oregon Trooper’s car as he answered an emergency call in an area that should’ve been evacuated because of the wildfires.

The footage shows the officer driving with emergency lights on, the vision blurred by smoke and the dark orange sky.

As the car drives, a large tree to the left suddenly starts falling — eventually bringing the car to a violent halt as it slams onto the hood.

“Our Trooper was lucky and wasn’t injured, but it could have been so much worse,” Oregon State Police said Tuesday, as it also shared images of the squad car’s smashed windscreen and buckled hood.

It happened as the Trooper answered a call in a level 3 area, the force said — meaning one where residents were ordered to leave immediately and warned they may not be able to get emergency help.

The video was released to show how evacuation areas are closed because they are so unsafe, the force said.

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Japan's Suga Holds 1st Phone Talks With Trump as Leader

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held his first talks with U.S. President Donald Trump since he took office, a diplomatic phone call that was one of his first as the country’s leader and one that highlights the close tie between the two allies.

Suga was elected as Japan’s new prime minister last Wednesday, replacing Shinzo Abe, who forged close personal ties and regularly held meetings and phone calls with Trump. Abe stepped down due to ill health after nearly eight years in office.

“I told him that the Japan-U.S. alliance is the foundation of regional peace and stability, and we agreed to continue to coordinate closely,” Suga told reporters late Sunday night after the call with Trump.

Suga said Trump also said he wanted to further develop the alliance together.

Suga said the two leaders agreed to cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus and on North Korea’s missile and nuclear threats.

Japan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement early Monday that the during their 25-minute call the two leaders also pledged cooperation in the development of the coronavirus vaccines and treatment, as well as regional security concerns.

Known for his political prowess on domestic issues, Suga has hardly traveled overseas and his diplomatic skills are largely unknown, though he is expected to pursue Abe's priorities.

Suga inherits a range of international challenges, including balancing relations with China in the face of an ongoing U.S.-China dispute over trade and other issues.

Suga said Trump told him he can call him any time if something happened.

“Now I’ve gained confidence,” he said, adding that he hoped to hold phone talks with other global leaders to explain Japan's stance and deepen mutual understanding and cooperation.

Suga also held talks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier Sunday and agreed to continue cooperating between the countries, the foreign ministry said.

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