VDOT Targets Dangerous Trees For Removal In Great Falls Following July Driver Death

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File photo of tree stump. (Credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

File photo of tree stump. (Credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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GREAT FALLS, Va. (CBSDC) - The Virginia Department of Transportation will be removing trees posing safety risks to drivers in Great Falls after one toppled tree resulted in a driver’s death.

The decision to remove the trees comes in the wake of a driver’s death in July. 64-year-old Albert Carl Roeth III died on July 17 after a 40-ton oak tree fell on his car while driving on Georgetown Pike.

Crews will be taking down dead and dying trees throughout Great Falls starting Monday. The process is expected to take about three weeks in total.

Trees are being removed from River Bend Road, Browns Mill Road, Beach Mill Road, Georgetown Pike, Walker Road and Utterback Store Road.

Almost 60 trees in total have been targeted for uprooting.

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