City-owned tree falls on Pueblo woman's truck; insurance company denies claim

Published: Apr. 24, 2018 at 1:40 PM MDT
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A Pueblo woman says she's upset because a city-owned tree in Pueblo fell on her truck during a wind storm, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The city's insurance company refused to fix the damage, saying it happened during a wind storm, which doesn't make the city liable.

Since it happened a few weeks ago, Louise Holler can't drive her truck because it has over $5,000 worth of damage.

The insurance company that represents the city denied her claim.

They say it falls under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act.

The insurance company says the city of Pueblo would not be responsible for the high winds causing the tree branch to fall.

"You know this is not right. I'm not asking for anything other than please step up and fix my truck. Take care of your tree. You did not maintain it," Lousie Holler said.

Holler says the city isn't maintaining the trees properly, which she believes is why the tree snapped that day, but the insurance company says even if it wasn't windy they would still deny the claim because negligence on the part of the city did not cause the loss.

The city of Pueblo would not comment on the story and referred 11 News to their insurance company because they are the ones that denied the claim.

Holler says she doesn't have full coverage on her truck herself. She only carries liability, which means her insurance company won't cover the damage either.