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Tree falls on car: Sisters, 6 and 8, killed when tree falls on family car

Caution tape
Caution tape
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A tree that suddenly fell on a family’s car killed two small girls who were in the backseat – a six-year-old and her eight-year-old sister. A family of six individuals, including the pregnant mother, were riding in their Pontiac Grand Am Monday in Pennsylvania when a tree came crashing down, flattening the car and injuring the four others. Two other small children were also in the backseat.

Reports CBS News: “Police said the incident, which happened around 2:30 p.m. along Route 403 in Conemaugh Township, was a freak accident. Conemaugh Township Police Chief Louis Barclay told The Tribune Review that dry rot apparently caused the tree to topple.”

The male driver and the children were trapped in the car, but the female was able to pull herself out of the front seat.

“I saw this lady get out of the passenger seat and she was yelling, ‘My babies,’” a witness told CBS Pittsburgh. “We did watch them cut the doors off and cut the roof off, and get the driver out of the car.”

Killed in the crash was 8-year-old Ryleigh Freiwald and 6-year-old Macayla Freiwald. Injured and taken to the hospital were the girls' mother, 26-year-old Ashley Lichty, and her boyfriend, 36-year-old Jason Himebaugh, who is the father of the unborn baby only. Also injured in the crash were 5-year-old Ciara Freiwald and 3-year-old Lillie Freiwald.

The Inquisitr, which carried a photo of the severely smashed car, reports that Barclay said the tree was “rotted at the base,” and that the “freak accident” occurred because the car and family were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Two other tragic accidents made headline news this week. A bride-to-be was driving with her best friend to a bachelor party weekend when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle, killing the future bride.

And two teens were tragically killed in California Tuesday night when a concrete truck lost its brakes and smashed into their vehicle.