Driver critically injured when wind-downed tree lands on car in DC

The downed tree left the driver with life-threatening injuries. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
The downed tree left the driver with life-threatening injuries. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS) (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
The downed tree left the driver with life-threatening injuries. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
The downed tree left the driver with life-threatening injuries. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS) (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
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The downed tree left the driver with life-threatening injuries. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)
The downed tree left the driver with life-threatening injuries. (Courtesy D.C. Fire and EMS)

WASHINGTON — A wind-downed tree landed on a car that was apparently traveling through a Northwest D.C. neighborhood Friday afternoon, critically injuring the driver.

The tree fell in the 2500 block of 44th Street Northwest around 3:50 p.m., and it appeared that the car had been moving when the tree fell, said Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the department.

“It partially crushed the car,” he said.

Responders extricated the driver, an adult male, and transported him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

That particular block of 44th Street, Maggiolo said, runs between a wooded area and a residential area, and the downed tree took down wires as well.


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