Tree falls on postal truck in Evansville, nearly 3K lose power

Tree falls on postal truck in Evansville, nearly 3K lose power
Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 3:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2021 at 5:39 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A large tree crashed down Thursday in an Evansville neighborhood.

Clara Jackson recalls a conversation with her grandson who had just returned from work.

“He said, “Grandma, did you know that tree fell? I said what tree? He said over there! It’s on the corner.”

Tree on mail truck in Aiken Park
Tree on mail truck in Aiken Park(Viewer)

At Akin Park, the tree stretched across Parkside Drive near Madison Avenue.

“Oh my word,” Jackson expressed. “I never would’ve thought it. I would’ve thought that one would’ve went first.”

The tree missed nearby homes but landed partially on a U.S. Postal Service mail truck. Luckily, the carrier was walking along the route.

“I’m so glad she wasn’t in it,” Jackson expressed.

It is not the first tree to fall in the area.

“We’ve seen many of them come down, but this takes the cake,” Jackson shared.

Evansville City Councilman Jonathan Weaver, who lives in the area, says he was talking to the parks director only hours before the tree fell. Weaver said he was stressing his concern about trees in the area, specifically dead ones in the park.

It is a conversation that, at times, has included the city’s administration and continued in recent weeks, but dates back many months.

Tree falls on postal truck in Evansville, nearly 3K without power

“Straight out of the ground, that is something,” Jackson said.

Jackson has lived in her home across the street for 40 years and tells 14 News that two trees have fallen on her home.

She recalls the first doing massive damage.

“Lightning struck it, it hit my bathroom, straight down the hall into the back of the house,” Jackson explained.

CenterPoint Energy reported Thursday that almost 3,000 customers were without power at one point. According to the outage map, five estimated customers are still waiting for their power to be restored (as of 10:05 p.m.)

41 and Petersburg light out
41 and Petersburg light out(WFIE)

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