Storm knocks over tree, kills Virginia man

A tree fell on a pickup truck in Woodstock during the storm Thursday, killing a Northern Virginia man.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said authorities received a call at approximately 3:10 p.m. and deployed deputies to the scene at 22623 Old Valley Pike shortly thereafter.

The identity of the victim is still unknown, although Proctor said he’s a male in his 30s.

Proctor said the victim and a passenger were outside of a Toyota pickup truck, directing it as it backed up the driveway when the tree fell. The tree struck the victim, killing him. It hit the truck as well.

A driver was inside the Toyota at the time of the incident.

The driver and the other passenger were transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital after the accident, but no injuries have been reported.

According to Proctor, the tree fell as a result of water from the storm eroding its roots. A strong gust of wind is likely to have knocked the tree down onto the three victims and the truck.

The Woodstock Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office and Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue also responded to the call.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.

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