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Mother dies after tree topples on car in Washington storms

  • A woman was killed and her sister critically injured after a tree fell on their car
  • The incident happened shortly after 5pm Monday on the 15900 block of Southeast 179th Street in Renton, Washington
  • The late driver's 2-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries from the accident 
  • Roads were closed throughout the evening until  crews towed the car away
  • Around 180,000 people were without power as fierce winds toppled trees and electrical lines

By Jessa Schroeder For Dailymail.com

Published: 10:07 EST, 14 November 2017 | Updated: 15:03 EST, 14 November 2017

A mother was killed and her sister seriously injured after a tree collapsed on the family vehicle amid heavy storms in Western Washington.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm Monday on the 15900 block of Southeast 179th Street in Renton, officials of the King County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

The unidentified driver, said to be in her 30's, leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter, who suffered minor injuries in the backseat at the time the large tree split the car in two.

Both the sister and daughter were transported to the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where they received further treatment.

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A photo taken from the scene in Renton, Washington shows the aftermath of the deadly accident that killed a mother and injured her sister and daughter
A photo taken from the scene in Renton, Washington shows the aftermath of the deadly accident that killed a mother and injured her sister and daughter

A photo taken from the scene in Renton, Washington shows the aftermath of the deadly accident that killed a mother and injured her sister and daughter

The accident happened shortly after 5pm Monday on the 15900 block of Southeast 179th Street in Renton
The accident happened shortly after 5pm Monday on the 15900 block of Southeast 179th Street in Renton

The accident happened shortly after 5pm Monday on the 15900 block of Southeast 179th Street in Renton

'There was a big snap ... and then sirens started coming,' resident Mari Wilkins said of the deadly crash
'There was a big snap ... and then sirens started coming,' resident Mari Wilkins said of the deadly crash

'There was a big snap ... and then sirens started coming,' resident Mari Wilkins said of the deadly crash

Startled residents in nearby Renton rushed to assist the victims, after hearing a loud crash.

'There was a big snap ... and then sirens started coming,' Mari Wilkins told local KOMO News.

'Life is precious. You just never know what's going to happen.'

Sgt. Jason Houck, of the King County Sheriff's Office said residents caught sight of the child and hurried to get her out of the vehicle.

A large tree split the car in two when the woman was driving her sister and daughter during rush hour Monday evening
A large tree split the car in two when the woman was driving her sister and daughter during rush hour Monday evening

A large tree split the car in two when the woman was driving her sister and daughter during rush hour Monday evening

Roadways were closed off throughout the evening, while crews finally towed the car around 2am Tuesday
Roadways were closed off throughout the evening, while crews finally towed the car around 2am Tuesday

Roadways were closed off throughout the evening, while crews finally towed the car around 2am Tuesday

'Some neighbors had heard it, run out, saw the accident, and had taken the small child who was in the back seat out of the car and she was alert and conscious and talking with deputies,' Houck said.

Roadways were closed off throughout the evening, while crews finally towed the car around 2am Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service, winds hit up to 68-mph in the nearbt Seattle area Monday evening, and were at an even higher rate in San Juan County earlier in the afternoon.

A tree also collapsed into a Port Orchard home Monday, leaving a teenage girl trapped underneath inside her bedroom, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Wilson said.

Motorists Dan Tran and Tom Duryea remove pieces of a tree that was blocking Tracyton Beach Road and their vehicles near the Riddell intersection in Bremerton, Wash., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Motorists Dan Tran and Tom Duryea remove pieces of a tree that was blocking Tracyton Beach Road and their vehicles near the Riddell intersection in Bremerton, Wash., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Motorists Dan Tran and Tom Duryea remove pieces of a tree that was blocking Tracyton Beach Road and their vehicles near the Riddell intersection in Bremerton, Wash., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Waves break near homes next to the Des Moines Marina Pier in Des Moines, Wash. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Waves break near homes next to the Des Moines Marina Pier in Des Moines, Wash. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Waves break near homes next to the Des Moines Marina Pier in Des Moines, Wash. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

A worker walks around the Metropolitan Market grocery store, darkened due to a power outage in the Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, Wash., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
A worker walks around the Metropolitan Market grocery store, darkened due to a power outage in the Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, Wash., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

A worker walks around the Metropolitan Market grocery store, darkened due to a power outage in the Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, Wash., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

The girl was transported to the MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital where she suffered serious injuries.

Two other individuals suffered non-life threatening injuries after a tree limb fell onto their vehicle in Chimacum.

At the heights of the storm, 'some 180,000 people were without power,' according to the news station, as heavy winds knocked over trees and electrical lines.

Winds moving at a lower rate continue into Tuesday morning.

'It will still be pretty blustery, but winds are not expected to be as strong,' meteorologist Jeff Michalski said, according to The Seattle Times.

'This is the worst of it we saw this afternoon and into the evening,' Michalski said of the events Monday.

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