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June 13, 2013

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Damage done to four vehicle by unexpectedly downed tree branch downtown


Somerset —

Three of the cars were parked. One, however, was in motion at the time, headed southbound on North Main Street.
The 2002 Ford F-150 was driven by Derrick Jackson, 20, with Maris Oshaughnessy, 18, as a passenger. Oshaughnessy was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. 
Det. Chris Gates of the Somerset Police Department said the victim had some “minor injuries to her head” but nothing life-threatening, and had already been released from the hospital on Wednesday.
“As they were approaching, the limb falls and hits the front (of the truck),” said Gates. “(Jackson) stopped right at the tree. 
“It could have been a lot worse,” he added. 
Gates pointed out that the limbs had been cabled together, presumably to help the branches grow in certain directions. One of the cables appeared to be dangling loose after the incident Tuesday.
Several local youth riding bicycles nearby witnessed the accident. Nathan Sears was one of that group. He said that he heard “a big pop” and a girl’s scream before they turned to see the branch on top of the truck.
“We were seconds from riding under it,” said John Wilson, another of the young bikers.
No one else was injured, and the other cars were empty at the time the branch fell.
The road was blocked for approximately two hours as state highway department chopped up and cleared the tree at the scene.

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