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Woman Injured When Tree Falls On Mobile Home

High winds combined with wet grounds Wednesday resulted in numerous fallen trees and limbs across Halifax County and the towns of Halifax and South Boston.

A woman was injured when a tree fell on the mobile home where she was visiting, according to Kirby Saunders, Halifax County Emergency Services coordinator.

Halifax Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday for a tree that had fallen on a mobile home at 1027 Bethel Road trapping one of the occupants inside, Saunders said.

Halifax firefighters responded to the scene, along with firefighters and equipment from the South Boston Fire Department, units from the Halifax County Rescue Squad, and numerous law enforcement officers from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Halifax Police Department and the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force.

Firefighters had to cut the tree in order to remove the unidentified trapped woman, Saunders said. EMS personnel transported the injured woman to the helipad in South Boston, and Medflight airlifted her to Lynchburg General Hospital.

The mobile home is owned by Ann Plenty, according to Halifax Police Chief David Martin.

Falling trees and tree limbs left many county residents without electrical power Wednesday and into Thursday. A total of 899 Dominion Virginia Power customers in Halifax County were without power Wednesday, according to Dominion spokesman Karl Neddenien.

That total included 320 customers in Halifax and 579 in the South Boston area, Neddenien said. Dominion crews worked to restore power to their customers, and as of Thursday morning, 35 customers in South Boston and 41 in Halifax were still without power. Neddenien said those remaining without power would have their electricity restored by Thursday evening.

Neddenien expressed appreciation to those Dominion Virginia Power customers for their patience during the power outages. He reminds all Dominion customers to stay away from any downed power lines and trees or tree limbs that have fallen across power lines.

Dominion customers should report any power outages or downed power lines toll-free at 1-888-667-3000.

A total of 63 Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative customers in Halifax County lost power Wednesday due to the high winds, said MEC spokesman Brian Mosier. Those customers had their power restored by Thursday morning, Mosier said. In all, 2,647 MEC customers across the region experienced power outages Wednesday.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative customers should report any power outages or downed power lines toll-free at 1-877-632-5688.