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Two escape with minor injuries after tree falls, destroys vehicle

A tree fell on a car at the corner of Keota and S. Ransom in Ottumwa./KTVO

Ottumwa crews worked to clear a tree from the middle of the street on Thursday after two passengers escaped what could have been a deadly accident.

On Thursday afternoon, a car was driving down Keota Street in Ottumwa when a tree suddenly fell on the vehicle, destroying it.

The incident occurred at the corner of Keota and South Ransom.

Fire Chief Tony Miller told KTVO two people were inside the car at the time. Both were able to escape with just minor injuries.

A neighbor who lives across the street from the tree said it was old and rotting, which is presumably what caused it to come crashing down.


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