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A 43-year-old postal worker died on her route Saturday when a lightning strike ripped a tree on a North Carolina congressman’s property down on top of her mail truck, officials said.
The tree smashed her vehicle and pinned her inside as a storm moved through the area at about 4:45 p.m. in Denver, around 30 miles northwest of Charlotte, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Emergency personnel pronounced the mail carrier dead at the scene on Norman Court off Lakeshore Road North, officials in the sheriff’s office said.
The 60-foot oak tree plunged down from a property owned by Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) next to Lake Norman in the Westport community, The Charlotte Observer reported. A spokesman for Rep. McHenry told the Daily News that he and his wife are “praying for the victim and her family as they mourn the loss.”