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Police: Toppled tree falls on delivery truck, killing driver

July 4, 2021 GMT

VERNON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a falling tree landed on a delivery truck on a road in New Jersey over the weekend, killing the driver.

Vernon Township police and several fire department and emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the accident at 12:20 p.m. Saturday.

Police said they arrived to find that a large tree had uprooted and fallen onto the roadway, striking a passing UPS delivery truck. The driver. a 49-year-old Hackettstown woman, was trapped in the driver compartment, and rescue crews worked to free her with the aid of a nearby tree service company and a contractor.

Police said the driver was taken by ambulance to a medevac aircraft and flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Authorities haven’t said what they believe caused the tree to uproot and topple.