Tree falls on car, killing 2 kids in back seat

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Authorities said a falling tree landed on a moving car, killing two of the four children sitting in the back seat.

Police in Somerset County said the car was heading south on Route 403 in Conemaugh when the tree struck the back of the car Monday afternoon.

County coroner Wallace Miller said two children, ages 6 and 8, died of blunt force trauma.

Police said the male driver, a pregnant woman and two other children were injured and taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Their conditions were unavailable.

Police Chief Louis Barclay said an accident reconstruction determined that the tree was rotted at the base.

“All indications are it was just a freak accident,” he said.

First Published June 24, 2014 12:00 AM


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