Woman dies after tree falls on vehicle in Rutherford County

According to the Department of Public Safety, 46-year-old Lisa Prayther was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle while she was driving on Tuesday morning. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says a death along a Rutherford County road is Florence-related.

According to state officials, 46-year-old Lisa Prayther was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle while she was driving her son to school.

It happened on Dills Road at around 7:15 on Tuesday morning.

A witness told News 13 after the tree fell on top of the car, the vehicle kept moving and crashed into a home.

“I was shocked. It took me a few seconds to realize what was going on,” said Debra Harvey.

She was inside the home asleep when the car crashed.

“‘It was loud and it shook the house. That’s why when I woke up I thought, ‘What the heck was that?’ I got up and looked at the window and didn’t see anything. Came out the house, opened the back door and the car was sitting there,” Harvey said.

That’s when she went to work helping in whatever way she could.

Harvey checked on the boy, then drove to a neighbor’s house so they could call 911 since her phone line was cut in the crash. She then returned to keep the boy calm.

“He said his back was hurting, but he was moving around,” Harvey said.

The boy is expected to be OK. Prayther died at the scene.

Troopers say the ground was saturated where the tree fell.

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