NPS Digest is reporting that an SUV towing a camper in Shenandoah National Park was struck by a falling tree while traveling south on Skyline Drive on Tuesday evening. The driver attempted to avoid the tree by moving into the northbound lane, but it struck the windshield and the driver was impaled by branches. Rangers and local emergency squads responded. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The 58-year-old man from Tennessee was traveling with his wife, who was not injured in the accident.
Investigation determined the tree was a live Virginia pine that had root system failure.
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