Falling tree hits truck in Martic Twp., killing driver

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1000 block Pennsy Road, Martic Twp.

MARTIC TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY-A 56-year-old man died Tuesday after a tree fell onto his truck while he was driving along Pennsy Road in Martic Township.

Authorities responded to the incident at about 4:19 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 1095 Pennsy Road, about a mile east of Route 324. William Beats, of Pequea, was driving west when a tree fell onto the road and hit his truck, state police said.  His vehicle went off the road, struck a mailbox and then hit a tree.

Beats was pronounce dead at the scene.

The tree also brought down power lines along the road knocking out power to about five PPL customers.