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Investigators: Tennessee teacher killed by tree that fell on van during storm

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 18:08:29-05

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say a woman has been killed and four people injured when a rain-soaked tree fell on a van carrying city employees.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said in an email that the crash appeared to have been weather-related from preliminary information but was still under investigation.

He said the vehicle was returning to Sevierville from Townsend. City of Sevierville spokesman Bob Stahlke said in a news release that the van was carrying six city employees and the wife of one of the employees.

The release said the woman who died was 36-year-old schoolteacher Brooke Sampson, a former part-time public works employee and the wife of another employee who was also in the van.