Originally created 05/30/02

Tree falls on car, injuring its driver



A Richmond County woman suffered minor injuries in a car accident that involved a tree, power lines and a beehive.

Lititia Michelle Anderson, of Augusta, was driving east on Walton Way at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when a pine tree fell on her Mitsubishi Galant, crushing the front of the car, said Deputy Bruce Williams, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Complicating the situation were the power lines brought down by the tree and the beehive hanging from it.

"That made efforts difficult but we got it under control," Deputy Williams said.

Ms. Anderson was taken to Doctors Hospital for what Deputy Williams called minor injuries.

Witnesses said it took emergency workers about 20 minutes to extricate Ms. Anderson.

"They had to fight off the bees," said Joan Fulghum, a resident of the area.

There were at least two witnesses to the accident. Deputy Williams said an off-duty deputy was driving west on Walton Way, and Catherine McKnight said she was directly behind Ms. Anderson when the tree went down.

"It just fell," Mrs. McKnight said. "I saw it falling and slammed on the brakes."

Mrs. McKnight said she pulled over and made sure Ms. Anderson was all right.

The tree is not the first to fall recently. Because of the severe weather that hit the area a few weeks ago, Mrs. Fulghum said, a tree at her residence was uprooted just before another across the street was damaged.

"We were wondering if maybe that tree got damaged during that storm," Mrs. Fulgham said.

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