Falling tree strikes, kills rural Fulton woman

FULTON – A 54-year-old Fulton woman died Wednesday night when part of a large tree fell spontaneously and struck her, Sheriff John Booker said.

Jodi Housenga, a retired Illinois correctional officer, was pronounced dead at 8:51 p.m. at MercyOne Clinton Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa.

Housenga was struck around 7:40 p.m. at her home in the 17000 block of Diamond Road, the release said.

No one was working on the tree; part of it simply sheared off and struck her, Booker said.