May 21, 2018
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Trees crush woman’s truck in Houlton

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — A woman and her three children escaped serious injury on Tuesday afternoon when three trees were knocked over and fell on their truck during a fast-moving storm.

A line of thunderstorms moved through parts of the state around 3 p.m. Tuesday with wind and rain that sent trees crashing onto roadways and power lines. Aroostook County took the brunt of the damage.

Houlton police Officer Kris Calaman said the woman, whose name was not available, was heading north on Court Street in a Dodge Ram four-door truck with her three children, all younger than 10, at the time of the accident.

Court Street is lined with trees, and the trees that hit the vehicle were on land owned by Paul Romanelli. Calaman said the trees fell across the front and back end of the truck “almost in a pyramid form” as the woman drove by.

“The trees crushed the hood and roof of the truck and heavily damaged the rest of the vehicle,” said Calaman. “Everyone was wearing seat belts and properly restrained. They were very lucky.”

The woman was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital and treated for possible head and back injuries. She was released early Wednesday morning.

The children were not injured, according to the officer. Court Street was closed for just under two hours while the trees were removed. Crews from the Houlton Water Co. worked throughout the storm to restore power to the area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Lericos said Wednesday that the storm ripped down trees and power lines across The County and other parts of the state. Trees were reported down in Oxbow, Macwahoc, Hodgdon, Linneus, East Millinocket and parts of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. Trees also brought down power lines in Orient, Danforth, Lincoln and Calais, according to the Weather Service.

Gusting winds also damaged the roof of a mobile home in Linneus and a skylight was ripped off the roof of the Southside School in Houlton.

Despite the widespread damage, preliminary reports have indicated no evidence of tornado activity, National Weather Service officials in Caribou said Wednesday.

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