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

First responders had to extricate the driver from his partially crushed car, which was apparently moving, in the 2500 block of 44th Street Northwest.

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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