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Fallen tree in Mystic kills man on drive to work

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Flanders Road in Mystic was closed on Tuesday following a deadly crash that involved a fallen tree, according to police.

Officers said it happened near Route 1, but that road remains open.

The crash happened around 6 a.m.

The victim, a 51-year-old Ledyard man, was on his way to work when the tree fell on the passenger portion of his Jeep, according to police.

What's unclear is whether it was lightning or wind that brought the tree down. Officials do believe that the crash was weather-related as powerful storms swept through the area around that time.

"It appeared that a tree and a vehicle collided," said Chief Louis J. Fusaro, Groton Fire Department. "We're unsure of the sequence."

Crews remained on the scene investigating. A reconstruction crew was also there.

Officials said they first thought it was a bolt of lightning that brought down the tree. However, they think it may not be that simple.

"We're unsure of the sequence whether it was directly attributed to the storm damage or if it was an act of God," Fusaro said. "It is an unfortunate, freak accident that occurred."

Neighbor Gary Bard woke up just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday to the carnage that unfolded right outside his door.

"The windshield roof was caved in, part of the roof. The doors, they had to cut the doors off," Bard said.

The identity of the driver has not been released pending the notification of his family. The person was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Miles from the fatal scene, and just minutes after, the same storm brought down other trees.

Homeowner Gates Councilor said he knows the violent wind was the culprit.

"I heard this low, ripping sound and I knew right away it wasn't normal," Councilor said.

A Maple tree blanketed nearly his entire yard.

"It fell between the house and the tool shed," he said.

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