Man Killed By Tree While Minding Own Business in Camper

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A local man and his wife were sleeping in their camper when a large tree smashed on top of the vehicle on Sunday. 

The camper was parked under the tree, and the two-foot trunk fell directly onto the sleeping area of the camper.

The camper was parked under the tree, and the two-foot trunk fell directly onto the sleeping area of the camper.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports 51 year-old Terry Rasmus was killed. The couple was camping at a campground on Interstate 75. His wife, Anita Rasmus, escaped serious injury. 

Anita Rasmus told police she was awakened at around 4 a.m. by the sound of the tree collapsing on top of the camper. She told police it took her more than an hour to free herself from the debris.

Terry Rasmus was taken to Athens Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The newspaper reports Mrs. Rasmus is recovering from her injuries.

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