Storm fatality

This morning at 0330 hours deputies responded to a crash in the area of Airport Rd and Burwick. A pick-up was East bound when it struck a downed tree from the storm. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the driver is not being released at this time pending family notifications.

GRAND ISLAND — The Hall County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the man who was killed when his pickup hit a downed tree on Airport Road early Wednesday morning.

Chief Deputy Jim Castleberry said the victim is Dennis Wells, 55, of Cairo.

Castleberry said the Sheriff’s Department received the call at about 3:36 a.m. on Wednesday.

He said that the storm had knocked a tree across the road and it was arched in a way that Wells was unable to see it until the last second and he drove into the tree.