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Tree falls on Charlotte ambulance outside hospital

A second ambulance transported the patient the rest of the way to Atrium Health's Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — No injuries were reported after a tree fell Thursday and landed on an ambulance transporting a patient and en-route to a Charlotte hospital, officials tell WCNC Charlotte on-scene.

The lone tree fell on Loop Road, which is located near Atrium Health's Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, as the ambulance was enroute to the hospital.

WCNC Charlotte meteorologist Chris Mulcahy witnessed emergency crews transporting the initial patient into a second ambulance. 

The tree had caused minor roof damage to the first ambulance.

A witness described hearing a "loud boom" as the tree fell.

Mulcahy, who was in the WCNC Charlotte Chevy Storm Tracker surveying the storm threat across Charlotte, said there was no thunderstorm in that area at the time. Rainfall accumulation over the past week, which included a record breaking 1.75" of rain Wednesday from Tropical Depression Bertha, has made grounds very saturated and prone to fallen trees.

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Elsewhere across the Charlotte region Thursday, scattered strong-to-severe thunderstorms brought down additional trees.

After the incident, Atrium Health released the following statement:

There was a tree that fell on a MedCenter Air ambulance earlier today. There were no injuries to the patient or teammates onboard. The patient transport was completed safely by another MedCenter Air ambulance. The truck is now out of service for repairs. 

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