Mathew Weaver of Loveland was killed on Sunday (July 3, 2016) when a cottonwood tree broke and fell on him. Another man, from Colorado, was critically injured and has succumbed to his injuries.

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According to The Scottsbluff Star-Herald, Mathew Weaver, 49, of Loveland was sitting around a picnic table on the shore of Lake Minatare in Nebraska with two friends. All of the sudden this big cottonwood tree starts making a couple of ‘pop’ sounds, then the tree breaks- snapping at about 10 feet from the ground, and came crashing down on the three of them. From the pictures that the Star Herald has, this is one mighty cottonwood. I don’t know anything about trees, but what fell to the ground, looks like it weighs over 400 pounds.

Mathew Weaver died on the scene. Friend Mark Pennell from Lakewood was critically injured and taken to the hospital. According to the Star-Herald, Mark died Tuesday morning from his injuries. The third man, Dan Randall of Nebraska, suffered injuries, but was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Our prayers go out to both Mathew and Mark’s families and friends.

Get more on the story from The Scottsbluff Star-Herald HERE

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