Beware of falling trees?!?

From staff reports

A woman was injured Thursday when strong winds knocked a 75-foot-tall tree onto her car west of LeRoy.

Stacie Johnson, 32, of LeRoy suffered neck and shoulder injuries when the four-door car's roof caved in, said Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.

Johnson and her husband, Neal, the driver, were going 40 to 45 mph southbound on Mower County Road 8 around 11:15 a.m. Thursday when the tree fell on their car, Amazi said. It occurred near the intersection with Minnesota Highway 56.

Johnson was taken by ambulance to Austin Medical Center, Amazi said. Neal Johnson, 39, who wasn't injured, reported hearing a loud crash and the vehicle stopping abruptly, Amazi said.


The tree, which stood 36 feet from the roadway, also smashed the car's hood and windshield, Amazi said. It blocked the entire roadway.

Winds estimated around 22 to 32 mph snapped the tree about 2 feet from the ground, she said. The trunk was 31⁄2; feet in diameter.

Before the tree fell over, it did not appear to be dead, and it had leafed out already this spring.

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