Fallen tree damages multiple vehicles

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Strong winds caused a tree to fall into a parking lot, damaging multiple vehicles, according to members of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company.

Phoenix was called out to the scene about 11:50 p.m. Friday on the 500 block of Allegheny Street. Upon arrival, the fire department found that the tree fell within a parking lot between Allegheny Street and Strawberry Alley.

Upon further inspection, fire officials said at least two cars appeared to be “flattened” and “total losses.” As many as four vehicles may have been damaged by the tree, officials said.

There were no people injured, officials said, and there appeared to be no damage to neighboring structures. Power lines from a nearby utility pole were pulled down into the parking lot, which forced fire officials to wait until Penelec could shut down power so Phoenix could remove the tree safely, officials said. One official estimated that the fire deparment would not be able to remove the tree until Saturday morning.

Phoenix had the parking lot taped off and part of Strawberry Alley closed off by emergency vehicles while it investigated the scene.

The fallen tree at Allegheny Street was the second one Phoenix tended to on Friday evening.

Fire officials said another tree fell across a section of roadway on Chimney Rocks Road earlier in the evening.

Wind speeds were about 20 mph, and wind gusts as high as 30 mph when the tree collapsed, according to weather data from the Altoona-Blair County Airport.