Falling trees cause accidents in Martin County injuring motorists

SHOALS – Several falling trees on U.S. 50 near between the Lawrence/Martin County line and Martin State Forest caused three separate accidents and injured motorists.

The first accident occurred when a vehicle traveling westbound on U.S. 50 was struck by a falling tree. A Lawrenceville, Illinois man suffered minor cuts and chest pain from that incident.

Shoals Volunteer firefighters clear a path along U.S. 50 Friday night

Members of the Shoals Volunteer Fire Department quickly arrived on the scene and began removing several trees from the roadway so the ambulance could get to the accident victim. While they were doing so, a second tree fell, nearly striking the firefighters working close by. They were not injured.

A second vehicle was struck by a tree. The passenger of that vehicle complained of head pain. The vehicle itself suffered minor damage including damage to the windshield of the car.

Martin County EMS, Shoals VFD, and Martin County Sheriff’s Department responded to this incident.

A Seals Ambulance leaves the car versus tree accident on U.S. 50 in Martin County with a driver and two minors.

At 9:21 p.m. a third accident happened on U.S. 50 at Half-Mile Curve when a vehicle struck a tree. The driver and two minor children were transported to the hospital with minor injuries by a Seals Ambulance.

Members of the Huron Volunteer Fire Department were called to this accident as emergency personnel from Martin County could not reach the third accident.

Martin County reported numerous fallen trees were blocking roadways throughout the county Friday night into Saturday morning with county volunteer fire departments and county highway crews clearing the roadways.