5 Deaths in DMV During Irene

Killed by trees brought down in hurricane's winds

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    View video from the scene in Newport News, Va., where an 11-year-old boy was killed when a tree crashed into his apartment. (Published Saturday, Aug 27, 2011)

    Four Virginia residents and one Maryland resident have been killed from the effects of Hurricane Irene, including an 11-year-old boy who died when a tree smashed through the roof of his apartment.

    "Where's my baby?" a woman screamed as she ran out of her Newport News apartment, neighbors said. 

    McKinley Price, mayor of Newport News, told News4 the child and his mother were on the second floor in their apartment building when a tree came crashing through the bedroom.  The mother was able to escape the apartment unhurt, but the boy, pinned beneath the tree, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Winds from the storm in Newport News were recorded over 60 miles per hour.

    A second Virginia resident was killed in Brunswick County, when a tree fell on his vehicle.

    Chesterfield County police Capt. Kevin Smith confirmed a man in his 60s died after a tree fell on his house. No word on whether the tree killed him or he died of another medical condition.

    A King William County man was killed when a tree fell on him. Sheriff Jeff Walton said the victim, William P. Washington, 57, was trying to get home during the height of the storm Saturday night when a fallen tree blocked his path on Jacks Creek Road, about four miles from his home. He said Washington and another stranded motorist were using a chain saw to try to clear the way when another tree fell on Washington.

    In Queen Anne's County, Md., a woman was killed when a tree fell on a house and caused the chimney to collapse, the AP reported. Another person in the house was not hurt.

    Overall, Hurricane Irene led to the deaths of 18 people in eight states as of Sunday morning.

     

     


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