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La Junta city worker dies while responding to wind storm

Extreme wind event 12/15/21
Posted at 4:30 PM, Dec 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 01:28:21-05

LA JUNTA — The windstorm that swept through Southern Colorado was deadly.

A worker with the City of La Junta died while responding to Wednesday's wind storm.

Betty Clanton, a neighbor, says she saw the tragic event unfold from her window.

"That tree just looked like somebody just put their hand on it and just lowered it. It didn't have any noise."

The worker was reportedly clearing debris from the right of way when he was struck by a falling tree which caused deadly injuries.

Clanton says the other workers nearby "worked really fast and did what they needed to do... What they could do".

Clanton repeatedly said the accident was the scariest thing she has ever seen in her life.

"I've never seen anything like that. It was just a shock."

Basketball hoops, tree limbs, and broken street signs still lay throughout the town.

The town of La Junta released a statement that says in part:

"Our heartfelt condolences are with his family at this time."

News 5 has not learned the identity of the worker yet.

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