Teen injured by fallen limb at Old Town restaurant

sbowman@islandpacket.comJuly 25, 2013 

A teenage girl was injured Thursday night when a tree limb fell onto a table outside the Old Town Dispensary in Bluffton.

She was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Capt. Randy Hunter of the Bluffton Township Fire District.

The limb was about eight inches in diameter and 15 feet long, according to Dispensary owner Thomas Viljac. It came down at about 7:45 p.m., he said.

"We got that heavy rain for about a straight hour, so that branch coming down had to be from water weight from the storm," Viljac said.

Viljac said he and several patrons called 911, and the Bluffton Police Department, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and emergency medical services arrived to the location at 15 Captains Cove within 10 minutes.

Kim Viljac, Thomas Viljac's wife, who was closing the nearby Bluffton Farmers Market at the time of the incident, said a unidentified Marine at the restaurant came to the victim's aid just after the branch fell.

Kim Viljac said the girl was responsive and talking to her parents.

"I think she was more scared than anything, just the initial shock," she said.

"We've never had a limb come down here like that before," Thomas Viljac said. "It's just so unusual, but we really hope she's okay."

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