Teen released from hospital after tree fell onto Pitt County home

Teen released from hospital after tree fell onto Pitt County home

GRIFTON, PITT COUNTY - A high school student was released from the hospital after a tree fell onto a Pitt County home Wednesday afternoon, injuring the teen.

According to the Grifton Police Department and family members at the home, 18-year-old William Gardner was lying down in a bedroom when the tree fell onto the home on Main Street. It happened at about 2:39 p.m. Wednesday.

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Gardner reportedly suffered a head injury from debris inside the home, police said. He did not appear to be seriously injured and was taken to Vidant Medical Center. Family members say he was later released from the hospital with a concussion.

The tree caused ceiling and interior damage to the residence, although the cost of the damage is unknown. The tree also fell onto a car outside the home.

According to family, Gardner plays basketball at Ayden-Grifton High School. The forward wears No. 11 and is a rising senior. Family members say the player will not be able to play basketball for two months, as doctors evaluate the extent of his concussion.

A tree also fell onto a home on Fairway Drive in Grifton, but no one was inside the residence at the time, police said.

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