Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 7, 2013

Tree falls on Mercer County woman as she retrieves a trash bag

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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A resident who was retrieving a trash bag in her back yard was injured Monday when a large tree suddenly toppled and pinned her under its branches.

Mercer County 911 received a call at 1:42 p.m. that a tree had struck a woman. The Bluefield Fire Department and the Bluefield Rescue Squad were dispatched to 1403 College Avenue near the intersection of Copley Avenue.

First responders found a woman pinned by the branches of a fallen tree behind the house, said Capt. Stan McKenzie of the Bluefield Fire Department. She was talking to rescue personnel and firefighters when they arrived, he stated. Once the branches were cut away, the woman was carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

The woman, whose name was not available, was taken to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center for treatment. The tree came out of the ground at its base when the woman left her back porch to get a trash bag that had blown away, McKenzie said. Its roots were visible.

High wind and wet conditions could have contributed to the accident, he said. He had seen other instances when inclement weather has caused trees to fall on or near homes in Bluefield.

“This is something people need to be mindful of when you have the wind and the rain,” he said.

The woman’s condition was not available Monday evening.