Tree smashes onto pickup driving on U.S. 64 East, completely blocking road
>> UPDATE: They are preparing to reopen U.S. 64 East (11:15 a.m.)
>> UPDATE: Power expected to remain off 'quite a while'
>> UPDATE: Power mostly restored (4:45 p.m.)
By Don Richeson / Staff
CASHIERS -- A large tree fell onto U.S. Highway 64 East around 9 a.m. Thursday, hitting a pickup truck and sending its male driver to the hospital with injuries. The man’s name and condition were not immediately available.
U.S. 64 East is expected to remain completely closed at least until 11 a.m. in the area of the Cashiers Shell convenience store as crews wait for power company crews to shut off power to powerlines brought down by the falling red oak. At least four power poles snapped when the lines were pulled down and many businesses in the area, including the Shell and the Ingles supermarket, have lost power.
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