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Tree falls on car, kills woman in Black Rock

BLACK ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The first death in Region 8 from Thursday's straight line winds was in Black Rock. 

A newly retired school teacher fell victim after a tree landed on her vehicle.

"It's just, it's unexplainable," Black Rock Police Chief Daniel Hill told Region 8 News.

With each new piece of information, her death becomes more tragic as well.

"She was trying to be safe and then something bad happened." Hill said the victim arrived at the school district and parked in her normal spot.

He explained she didn't get out of her vehicle, as the storm that moved through Region 8 Thursday afternoon had just hit Black Rock and was producing heavy rains and strong winds.

"Gust of wind came through and knocked the tree over onto the vehicle crushing the passenger and driver's front seat."

The base of the tree that landed on her car was nearly entirely rotten.

Hill said the victim had been with the district for multiple years, yet as they had their very final day of classes there on Wednesday, she had decided to retire.

"She loved this school," Hill said. Chief Hill said she recently had her retirement papers notarized at City Hall and a surprise retirement party was supposed to be thrown for her at 2 o'clock.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending notification of family members.

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