Washington County
Sheriff's Department




May 2, 2006

This accident occurred at approximately 3:30am on Highway 60 east of Salem in front of Mount Motors.  During a severe thunder storm lightning struck a tree adjacent to the highway causing the tree to split and half fell across both lanes of the highway.  The white van was traveling west and struck the tree.  The blue car was driving east and struck the tree going through the top portion and struck the van on the other side.  The red truck was also going east and struck the tree.  All driver stated that it was raining so hard that they were unable to see the tree in time to avoid the collision.  The drivers of the van and car were transported to Washington County Hospital for minor injuries.  Onscene were Salem City Police officers, Washington County Sheriff's Dept. and Washington County Ambulance.