Tree clobbers West End man’s truck

Robby Matheny was packed and ready to go on vacation. 

His pickup truck was parked in his driveway at the Villages of West End and he was asleep having just finished working a night shift.


At about noon on Tuesday, the rain had just stopped and neighbors heard a sharp crack sound and a boom. Then a 25-foot long tree branch fell straight down onto the top of the cab of Matheny’s Toyota Tundra.

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“Everything was packed and ready in the house,” he said about his plans to take off for the Florida Keys later that day. Matheny, 51, is building a house but renting a condo in West End near where his folks live until it’s completed.

Two neighbors knocked on Matheny’s door and woke him up. 

He said about the falling branch, “I heard it, but I just thought it was thunder.”


Matheny’s family and neighbors came over with a chainsaw to help him cut up the branch and lift it off the vehicle which revealed a hole in the windshield and some dents on the passenger side of the windshield frame.

And within the hour a tow truck came and hauled Matheny’s truck away and a stack of firewood sat curbside.

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