One Dead After Tree Smashes Into Elderly Couple’s Delco Home
UPDATE, 2 p.m.: The person who died in the incident has been identified as 77-year-old Marjay Cooper. Her husband Alan Cooper, 79, was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Authorities say that it may have taken more than two hours for the trapped couple to be discovered.
ORIGINAL: One person has died after a tree crashed into their home in Delaware County just after 8 a.m. Friday morning, “trapping an elderly couple in their bed,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
“One person, who was in a rear bedroom on the second floor of the split-level home, died,” Inquirer staff writer Mari A. Schaefer wrote. “Another was hospitalized with unknown injuries.” The house is located on the 200 block of James Road in Broomall.
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After 9 a.m., a man was removed from the home and placed in an ambulance, according to 6ABC. It took rescue personnel more than an hour to extricate the man after the “90-foot beech tree” crashed through the roof of the home.
Carl Drake, a safety officer for Broomall Township, said that authorities are worried about the structural integrity of the home. The identities of the victims are not known at this time.
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