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Tree falls on van with elderly couple inside

A tree in Thomasville fell on a van while an elderly couple was inside. A tree in Thomasville fell on a van while an elderly couple was inside.
Thomasville residents experienced heavy storm damage. Thomasville residents experienced heavy storm damage.
Lieutenant Tim Watkins Lieutenant Tim Watkins
Major Eric Hampton Major Eric Hampton
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Strong winds and heavy rain caused dangerous road conditions in Thomas county Wednesday. 

Officers responded to several reports of trees down, including one that fell onto an occupied car. 

Roads all over Thomas County looked like this.  

Rain water flooding the streets, and drivers trying to avoid downed trees. 

Lieutenant Tim Watkins with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office said, “If they have to be on the road, slow down! Take your time. Make sure your wipers and your lights are on.  The key is, if you don't have to be on the road in this type of weather, stay home.”

Some sound advice that may have prevented this accident from happening.

An elderly couple was trapped in their car after a 25-foot-long tree branch fell on their van.

Major Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department said, “They were shook up.  They were not injured very badly, so they were just shook up a little bit.  We were able to get them out with the assistance of the Thomasville Fire Rescue and they were able to get them out unharmed.”

It happened at the Cherokee Lake Park around 10 a.m., where heavy downpours caused the lake to rise, almost overflowing on top of the bridges. 

Lt. Watkins said, “Unfortunately it's rained for the last two days, so the grounds now are soaked. And now you have the high winds coming in after you've gotten the eight inches of rain over the last couple of days.”

It's a recipe for hazardous road conditions with a very high threat of fallen trees.  

Lt. Watkins warned drivers that the risk is too high when the weather is this bad. 

He said, “I know everybody's trying to do last minute Christmas shopping.  But I'm sure the people you're buying presents for would rather have you than the presents.  So stay home if possible and slow down if you're out on the roads.”

Major Hampton said the elderly couple is now being treated for minor injuries at Archbold Memorial.  

No other major damage was reported. 

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