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82-year-old woman dies after tree hits her car in Collegeville, Pennsylvania: police

Neighbors react after tree falls, kills woman in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Neighbors react after tree falls, kills woman in Collegeville, Pennsylvania 01:52

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — An 82-year-old woman died after a tree uprooted and crashed into her car in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, police said. 

Mary Baker was in a car waiting at the intersection of 9th and Main streets when the tree fell. She was taken to Phoenixville Hospital, where she died, Collegeville police said.

The region has been saturated with rain this week, with about 1.37 inches falling Tuesday and more coming down on Wednesday.

Residents said the area used to be a pond and water frequently pools there in heavy rain, causing trees to fall or become unsteady. Crews cut down another tree near the intersection.

Neighbors said they are worried about the danger of other incidents like this if the rainy weather continues.

82-year-old woman dies after tree uproots, hits her car during storm in Collegeville, Pennsylvania 01:49

One neighbor said he heard "something that sounded like a large thump" and knew something was wrong. 

"They were using the jaws of life," he said. "They were using the saws that they have, and the ambulances were there right away."

Another person who lives nearby expressed concern about the large trees in the area. 

"There are a lot of big pine trees around here and they have shallow roots, and I figured it was a matter of time, and that's why I got a tree taken down in my yard a week ago," he said.

There were at least 13 traffic incidents related to weather on Wednesday in Montgomery County. 

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