Two reported dead after overnight storms

WINONA LAKE, Ind. (AP/WANE) — Northern Indiana police say a large tree toppled by a thunderstorm’s high winds fell onto a trailer home, killing one person inside the structure.

The Winona Lake Police Department says it is withholding the victim’s name, pending notification of relatives.

The view from the other side of the home.
The view from the other side of the home.

WSBT-TV is reporting that a 14-year-old was playing cell phone games with a friend when heavy winds from the storm caused the huge tree to snap and fall onto the home. Neighbors say the boy was killed instantly.

The department says in a news release that police and fire crews in the town about 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne were called to the home about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.

They found that a large tree had fallen onto part of the trailer home, and discovered two residents unharmed in the home’s center area.

LaGrange County Sheriff Terry Martin told News 18’s sister station WANE-TV that a man was killed at around 2 a.m. when a tree fell on his house on the north side of Big Long Lake in Wolcottville. The man’s wife called 911 when she couldn’t find him and when medics arrived they found him in the home dead.Crews then found the body of one person inside a bedroom crushed beneath the tree. A second person who was in that room suffered minor injuries.

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