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Falling tree kills motorist in Wise County

From staff reports • Feb 2, 2019 at 10:17 PM

WISE — The Virginia State Police is investigating a death that occurred in Wise County Saturday.

According to a news release from VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller, a Nissan was traveling north on Route 23 at mile marker 49 when a tree fell on the vehicle. The Nissan then ran off the highway and into a ditch.

An occupant of the vehicle did not survive the impact of the tree crashing onto the car. State police are in the process of notifying the decedent’s next of kin.

Further investigation revealed the tree fell as it was being cut down, Geller said. The incident remains under investigation.

The VSP expects to release more information Sunday, Geller said.