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Police: Tree strikes car in storm, killing driver

CLAREMONT --  The driver of a vehicle struck by a tree during a storm Sunday night was pronounced dead at the scene, police said early this morning.

Claremont Emergency Services responded to Chestnut Street around 7:25 p.m. Sunday for a reported motor vehicle accident, Claremont police Capt. Mark T. Chase said in a press release.

The accident occurred during "a strong storm"which was passing through the area, he said.

When first responders arrived they found a vehicle that had been traveling west on Chestnut Street that had been struck by a tree.  

“While this vehicle was traveling within its own lane, a tree was blown down by the storm and struck the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene,” police said. “The identity of the victim of this tragic accident is being withheld at this time until all family can be notified of their loss. This accident is still under investigation.”

Chase said in an email he would likely be able to release the identity of the driver sometime Monday afternoon.

Chestnut Street is still closed to through traffic due to power lines and other trees that was blown down during this storm, Chase said in the press release.

He added that several areas of Claremont are currently without power as well because of downed power lines.


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