Tree Hits Truck, Killing Bedford Man


A Bedford man is dead after an unusual, single vehicle crash in Martin County.

It happened on Monday afternoon on US 50 near Rama Dye Road. That’s about two miles west of Shoals.

33-year-old Eric Gootee was driving his truck eastbound when a large tree on the south side of the highway fell across the road and into the path of his truck.

The tree hit the windshield, killing Gootee. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

US 50 was closed for over two hours while authorities investigated the crash and cleared the scene.

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