Falling tree injures occupants of passing vehicle


ADRIAN — A Rock Cave couple sustained minor injuries Wednesday morning, when a falling tree landed on their vehicle as they were traveling on Route 20 South in Adrian.

At approximately 11:10 a.m., after heavy rainfall, a tree fell from the embankment at the top of the Adrian hill as Charles and Brenda Chidester were driving by in their Ford Explorer. According to the investigating officer Sgt. T. Caynor, the tree came down right in front of the Chidesters and struck their vehicle as they were driving underneath. An unidentified “good Samaritan” who was also passing by reportedly had a chainsaw and helped cut the tree from the vehicle. The tree seemed to be alive, but the officer said it looked like it was uprooted from the recent heavy rains and the guardrail helped keep the tree from completely crushing the vehicle.

The Chidesters sustained minor injuries and were transported by Upshur EMS to St. Joseph’s Hospital for evaluation, according to Sgt. Caynor. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department investigated the accident and Adrian Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the Buckhannon Fire Department and Dept. of Highways. Traffic was reportedly backed up for at least a mile until Precision Towing was able to remove the Explorer from the scene. 

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