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Fallen tree leads to crash, limb through windshield, woman's injury

Posted June 5, 2009

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— A woman was injured Friday morning after an Oak tree fell across Denning Road in Benson, which led to a crash and a tree limb flying through her car's windshield.

Truck hits fallen tree on Benson road; woman injured Truck hits fallen tree in Benson; woman injured

The woman, whose name was not released, was driving a Mercury Capri and stopped when she saw the tree in the road just after 5 a.m. She was not able to get around the tree, so she put on her flashers and got out of the car, troopers said.

A man driving a Jeep pulled up behind the woman. He hooked a chain to his Jeep and tried to pull the tree from the road, troopers said. 

Meanwhile, a Nissan pickup truck driver coming the other direction did not see the tree and drove through the fallen debris, which sent a large limb through the windshield of the woman's Mercury Capri, according to authorities.

The limb also hit the woman, who was standing near her car. She was taken to WakeMed with minor injuries, troopers said.

After hitting the tree, the pickup truck driver crashed his vehicle into the Jeep. Neither he nor the Jeep's driver were injured.

Charges were pending, authorities said. No other information was released.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 5, 2009

    concerned citizen of NC, everyone knows that SUV drivers have a superiority complex. Listen as they go by and you'll hear them say, "Make way or DIE !!!".

    And, have you never seen the Simpson's episode where Marge gets an SUV and ends up in anger management class? LOL

  • rescuefan Jun 5, 2009

    Actually the idiot that hit the tree was driving a pick-up not a SUV, so please don't generalize everyone that has a SUV in the same cataogory as this blind idiot. The Jeep would be more of a SUV than the pick-up. Most of the I'm in a hurry drivers I see are driving over priced luxury cars, on their cell phones.
    concerned citizen of NC
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    Gosh, let's hope you lead an accident free life. Since you weren't there, you have no idea what might have caused the accident, yet you feel the need to call the driver an idiot.

    Again, it is dark that time of the day. It appeared from the pictures that the tree was completely blocking one lane, but not the other. It very well could be that the truck driver didn't see the headlights of the other vehicles through the tree. Since the tree is pretty darn big. But in the dark it may not be seen until you are right on top of it.

  • concerned citizen of NC Jun 5, 2009

    Pics show a long, straight road with at least 1/4 mile of visibility. Typical, I'm-in-a-hurry driving behavior usually exhibited by SUV drivers.
    hereandnow99

    Actually the idiot that hit the tree was driving a pick-up not a SUV, so please don't generalize everyone that has a SUV in the same cataogory as this blind idiot. The Jeep would be more of a SUV than the pick-up. Most of the I'm in a hurry drivers I see are driving over priced luxury cars, on their cell phones.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 5, 2009

    Good point, rescuefan. But, the folks who where already had to be able to see the tree to hookup and move it. So, they at least had on their headlights...and hopefully their emergency flashers and maybe a dome light (from open door).

  • rescuefan Jun 5, 2009

    Well, it says that the original woman stopped at just after 5 am. Unless the truck driver came up an hour later, it was still dark out. Even more so with the cloud cover. So it's quite conceivable that the truck driver didn't see the tree until he was right on top of it.

    I am glad that nobody was badly injured.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 5, 2009

    Minor injuries aka she had a scratch and wanted the insurance. in any case, I'd to it too just for the stupidity of someone running into a tree and it actually hitting me.

  • krazykristie06 Jun 5, 2009

    I saw this this morning around 6:30 after i dropped my kids off at daycare. I just hope no one involved with this was coming from there.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 5, 2009

    Pics show a long, straight road with at least 1/4 mile of visibility. Typical, I'm-in-a-hurry driving behavior usually exhibited by SUV drivers.

  • HappyGirl08 Jun 5, 2009

    Did he have his eyes closed?? How do you not see that??

  • beachbum1 Jun 5, 2009

    I'm guessing the truck driver was speeding and not paying attention.

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