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Police: Connecticut man killed when tree limb falls on car

July 18, 2019
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In this Wednesday, July 17, 2019 photo, emergency personnel work at the scene after a tree fell on a vehicle along Park Ave. in Bridgeport, Conn, Firefighters had to wait nearly an hour for an electrical crew to shut down power to the wires before they could remove 21-year-old Jarrod Marotto. A series of powerful thunderstorms was moving through the area at the time. (Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)
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In this Wednesday, July 17, 2019 photo, emergency personnel work at the scene after a tree fell on a vehicle along Park Ave. in Bridgeport, Conn, Firefighters had to wait nearly an hour for an electrical crew to shut down power to the wires before they could remove 21-year-old Jarrod Marotto. A series of powerful thunderstorms was moving through the area at the time. (Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man has been killed by a tree limb that fell on his car after a lightning strike.

Fairfield police Capt. Robert Kalamaras says 21-year-old Jarrod Marotto was driving at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday when the limb fell on his vehicle.

Emergency responders found the Southington man unconscious in the driver’s seat.

Firefighters had to wait for an electrical crew to shut down power to the wires before freeing Marotto. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

He was extricated at about 6:15 p.m. and taken to a Bridgeport hospital where he died.

Kalamaras says the limb fell from a cottonwood tree that had just been struck by lightning.

A series of powerful thunderstorms was moving through the area at the time.

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