Close calls, as trees crash on Morristown–yet again

Morristown firefighters say a driver escaped serious injury when this tree crashed onto his vehicle, Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A teenaged driver miraculously escaped serious injury when this tree crashed onto his vehicle, Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Somewhere in Morristown right now, the driver of a Toyota Tacoma is thanking his lucky stars.

Morristown firefighters say a driver escaped serious injury when this tree crashed onto his vehicle, Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown firefighters say a driver escaped serious injury when this tree crashed onto his vehicle, Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

He was driving east on South Street, in front of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, shortly before 3 pm on Friday when a ferocious thunderstorm toppled an enormous tree onto the roof of his vehicle.

Miraculously, the man escaped from his crumpled vehicle without signs of any serious injury, said Fire Chief Robert Flanagan.

Another motorist had a similar close call on Dumont Place, the chief said. At least two homes were struck by trees, as well. 

Only one injury has been reported, according to Morristown Police Lt. Stuart Greer: Someone was struck by a small tree limb on Mt. Kemble Avenue, and taken to Morristown Medical Center for examination of minor neck and back pain.

As of 5 pm on Aug. 3, 2018, about one-third of JCPL’s customers in town remained without electricity.

The Morristown Fire Station on 161 Speedwell Ave. will be open as a cooling- and phone-recharging station through 8 am on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Morris Township police ask Township residents without power to report outages to JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS.

Greater Morristown has been ravaged by downed trees by a series of storms stretching back to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Damage has caused extensive power outages and, tragically, the death of a motorist from Roselle whose car was struck by a falling tree in June.

Macculloch Avenue, after Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Macculloch Avenue, after Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Colles Avenue, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Colles Avenue, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Crews remove downed tree on South Street near St. Peter's, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Crews remove downed tree on South Street near St. Peter’s, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Outside St. Peter's, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Outside St. Peter’s, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sidewalk cleaved, Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sidewalk cleaved, Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Colles Avenue backyard, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Colles Avenue backyard, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fireman affixes crime tape, Colles Avenue and Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fireman affixes crime tape, Colles Avenue and Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, after Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, after Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Buckled sidewalk, Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Buckled sidewalk, Miller Road, Morristown storm of Aug. 3, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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