A Roane County woman died when a tree fell on her Wednesday in Roane County as a storm with winds gusting 40-50 miles per hour swept through the region.

According to Roane County Sheriff Todd Cole, she was walking to her mailbox when the accident happened.

The victim was 55 years old, identified as Rachael Parsons.

According to Cole, it happened in the Craig Ridge Area about 4 miles west of Spencer. He said it was along state Route 33 near Windyville Road.

The incident was reported to dispatchers just before 1:30 p.m.

Sheriff Cole said that the storm was brief, but the winds were strong. He said trees were down in the north end of the county.

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