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Tree slams onto house in Mercer County

Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo A large tree crushed a pickup truck and the roof of the home of Ronnie Herndon on Simmons Avenue in Bramwell Monday. Herndon, who was working on the brakes of his vehicle in front of his residence, suffered minor injuries from the tree.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo
A large tree crushed a pickup truck and the roof of the home of Ronnie Herndon on Simmons Avenue in Bramwell Monday. Herndon, who was working on the brakes of his vehicle in front of his residence, suffered minor injuries from the tree.

BRAMWELL, W.Va. — Ronnie Herndon was working Monday on a car in front of his Simmons Avenue house when he heard a popping sound. At first, he thought a passing car was making the noise, but he learned otherwise when he looked up. A huge tree was falling toward him.

First responders were alerted approximately 1 p.m. when Mercer County 911 received a call about a tree that had fallen onto a house. When rescue squad members and volunteer firefighters arrived at 518 Simmons Avenue, they saw that a tree has crushed a pickup truck and a home’s roof. Homeowner Ronnie Herndon, 72, was bleeding from his right arm. He declined transport to a hospital, said Ronnie Hodge of the Bluefield Rescue Squad.

 Herndon stayed and helped clear branches away. Firefighters stopped cutting the fallen tree with chain saws until personnel with Appalachian Power could shut down a downed power line as a precaution.

A Ford F-150 was pinned under the tree truck, and the tree’s top had smashed the home’s roof. Herndon said he was working on a car parked in front of his truck when he heard a strange noise…

 

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