• Traffic backs up from the Cashiers Shell to the crossroads after a big tree falls on a passing pickup truck and completely blocks the road. (Photo by Don Richeson.)
    Traffic backs up from the Cashiers Shell to the crossroads after a big tree falls on a passing pickup truck and completely blocks the road. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Tree smashes onto pickup driving on U.S. 64 East, completely blocking road

Driver taken to hospital, many nearby businesses lose power

 

>> 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.

As always, check back at southern Jackson County’s No. 1 web news source -- www.CrossroadsChronicle.com for more on this developing story and pick up a copy of the Oct. 17 print edition of southern Jackson County’s No. 1 print news source -- the Crossroads Chronicle -- for the full story and a big photo package.

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