High winds blamed for death in Surry County

FANCY GAP, Va. — Wind gust of over 30 mph in Southwest Virginia and the Northwestern Piedmont are to blame for bringing trees down, knocking out power and the death of a Surry County man. 

EMS officials in Surry County say the wind brought down an oak tree in front of a pick-up truck driven by a 26-year-old man on Prison Camp Road near Dobson.  EMS officials say the man didn’t have enough time to stop. 

Near Fancy Gap, high wind warnings were posted up and down I-77, especially near the gap known for knocking trucks by cross winds. 

“If you aren’t heavy it could blow you right off the road,” said truck driver Marty Troyer.  “I’m a little worried about going down the hill in the morning, but we’ll see what happens,” he said. 

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