Falling tree hits car traveling on Whiskey Creek Road Friday

A driver narrowly missed a potentially serious injury Friday morning after a tree fell across Whiskey Creek Road and struck his vehicle.

Hood River County Sheriff Matt English reported that the driver of a Honda Element with Washington plates was traveling eastbound on Whiskey Creek Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday when he “saw out of the corner of his eye” an oak tree approximately 60 feet in height starting to fall across the road not far from its intersection with Eastside Road.

English said the front driver-side quarter-panel of the vehicle was crushed by the tree, but the driver, whose information English did not have available as of press time, was uninjured. The driver was “lucky,” according to English, that the “big part of the tree” did not hit his vehicle. English added the tree appeared to be rotting, likely causing it to fall.

Hood River County Public Works was on scene to quickly clean up the debris from the “sizable chunk of wood” that fell, English said, and was determining, as of press time, whether the tree was on county or private property.

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