Falling Debris Near Willis Tower Damages 2 Vehicles, Injures 1

The “wooden-type” debris struck two vehicles and smashed the windshield of one of them, police said

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A piece of falling wood injured a driver Wednesday morning near Willis Tower amid a high wind warning in the Chicago area. 

The debris fell about 7:40 a.m. from a construction scaffold in the 100 block of South Wacker Drive, according to Chicago police.

The “wooden-type” debris struck two vehicles and smashed the windshield of one of them, police said.

The driver was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with an arm injury, police said. He was listed in good condition. 

Footage from the scene showed a taxi cab with a hole smashed through the driver’s side of its front windshield. 

"At Willis Tower, the safety of our tenants, visitors and members of the community is our top priority," the building said in a statement. "We learned of an incident that took place earlier this morning outside of the tower. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, and we are continuing to work with safety officials and ensure that the construction site is secure during periods of high wind." 

A high wind warning is set from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts up to 60 mph were expected to blow down power lines, trees and cause outages.

Four cars were damaged by a falling tree on the city's South Side Wednesday morning. 

ComEd reported nearly 15,000 people were without power as of 11:30 a.m.

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