NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Strong winds from Tuesday’s storm brought down trees across the Tri-State Area. One person was killed Wednesday in New Jersey after a branch fell on two vehicles driving on a county road in Morris Township.
Crews cleaned up debris on Mendham Road, where police say a tree limb came down on the cars, which were passing in opposite directions at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, killing a woman, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.
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“One of the parties driving one of the vehicles traveling eastbound was later distinct deceased at Morristown Medical Center, after officers provided treatment to her,” Morris Township Police Capt. Robert Shearer said.
Another person suffered minor head injuries.
The incident happened after a nor’easter blasted by the vicinity on Tuesday.
A tree also collapsed on a house in South Orange, pulling down wires.
Meanwhile, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, CBS2 was there just as Isaac Reyes discovered a tree had fallen on his parked car, near Clinton and Myrtle avenues.
“I got no words. I just bought this car about a month ago. Now I gotta fix it. Windows cracked, windshield’s gone, ugh,” Reyes said.
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But Reyes said he feels lucky that’s all that was damaged.
“I’m thankful that I wasn’t in the car at the time when it happened, but look at my baby,” he said.
Elizabeth Comerford said the tree just missed her Fort Greene house.
“It just sounded like a big bang. What I believe killed the tree was dry mold and decay,” Comerford said.
Some Brooklyn residents said they are worried the winds, combined with the saturated ground from rain, have made more old trees in the neighborhood unstable.
“What they need to do is just come check the trees now, to save more situations like this,” said Emmanuel Payne of Fort Greene.
“People move into these neighborhoods because they’re so wooded and green and lovely, but it is scary when you think about are these being kept? Are the tree beds being kept up?” Tiffany Nixon additional.
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The Parks Department said it conducts routine pruning of all street trees, adding if residents are worried about one in particular to call 311 and a Parks forester will show up and inspect it and try to fix that problem.
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