Snow-Covered Tree Falls, Kills Elderly Man

Police say the tree fell on top of the home of an elderly man in Berks County while he was sleeping, killing him instantly.

An elderly man was killed on Saturday while sleeping in his Berks County home.

It happened on Skyline Drive in Temple around 2:20 p.m.

Police say Charles Loder, 84, was napping in his recliner when a large tree with accumulated snow fell on top of his house, striking him and killing him instantly.


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Loder died from massive blunt force trauma, according to investigators.

Police say it took rescue crews two hours to remove Loder from the home as trees were falling in the area after the incident.

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