Storm Downs Tree & Traps Motorist 20 Sep 13

A tree blew over onto a pickup truck in Hutchinson Thursday morning, trapping the motorist inside the vehicle. The tree was blown over at just after 9:30am as severe thunderstorms hit the area. The Hutchinson tree landed on Larry Labraaten’s pickup as he was driving on Jefferson Street, pinning him in the vehicle. Fire and Street Department crews were called to the scene to remove the tree and extricate the 58-year-old Hutchinson man from the vehicle. He was taken to the Hutchinson Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries, believed to be non-life threatening. Heavy Rains and High winds moved through a large portion of the state Thursday morning, causing street flooding and downing trees in many locations. Winds of up to 70mph were reported in parts of the state.