Bedford Man Killed by Tree Impacting Vehicle

Bedford Man Killed by Tree Impacting Vehicle


A Bedford man was killed Monday afternoon in a single vehicle crash on US 50 near Shoals when a tree fell across the road and into his vehicle. 

Dead is Eric M. Gootee, 33, Bedford, IN. 

At 3:30 PM Monday, Gootee was driving a 2008 Kenworth truck eastbound on US 50 near Rama Dye Road (two miles west of Shoals) when a large tree on the south side of the highway fell across the roadway and into the path of Gootee’s truck. 

The tree hit the truck in the windshield and passenger compartment, impacting Gootee. 

Gootee was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Martin County Coroner.

US 50 was closed for over two hours while the crash was investigated and the scene was cleared.