Heavy thunderstorms rolled through Walker County just before daylight Tuesday morning, leaving a 3-foot diameter pine tree laying across State Hwy 150 near FM 2693. A driving rain obscured visibility even further, and cars struck the tree just after 6 AM. A small passenger car passed just under the tree, ripping it’s roof off. The next vehicle, an SUV, was not so lucky as it struck the tree with enough force to pin both occupants in the vehicle. The vehicle came to a rest with the tree on top of the demolished roof.
New Waverly Firefighters and Walker County EMS responded to the scene and worked through a driving rainstorm to free the occupants of the SUV. The New Waverly Fire Department used specialized equipment referred to as “rescue jacks” to lift the tree from the vehicle and then used hydraulic rescue tools to free the occupants. Two accident victims were transported by EMS with non-life threatening injuries.