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Leavenworth, Washington – Tree Felled by Winds Damages Home

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Posted on June 24, 2019

Leavenworth, Washington (June 19, 2019) – A home on the 300 block of Cascade Street narrowly escaped major damage after winds felled a ponderosa pine tree in the vicinity. The house instead sustained minor damage confined to the porch area of the home. The single resident of the house was not injured in the incident.

The 100 foot tree was recognized as one of the oldest trees in Leavenworth, and according to a statement from assistant chief of Chelan County Fire District 3, the tree was not in good health, which may have contributed to its fall. The tree had shown signs that it was failing as it was described to have been swaying and tipping in the wind prior to coming down. Another tree in the area was also felled by winds and caused one lane to be blocked between Nevada and Nile Avenue. There were also no injuries in this incident.

About Crush Injuries

It is fortunate that no one was injured in this particular incident. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.

While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid  areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.