HOLLINS, VA – Area tree surgeon Donald Stuart was unable to save the life of a fallen oak tree earlier today. “It’s always a terrible thing when they don’t make it,” Stuart said. The tree was struck down by a bolt of lightning during a passing storm and emergency crews rushed to the scene. After hours of work the team, led by Stuart, was unable to secure the wounds. “There was little we could do. It was mostly making the experience as painless as possible,” Stuart said. The oak was pronounced dead at 3:17 this morning and leaves behind around twenty saplings. The tree will most likely be chopped up and cremated or perhaps shredded to be used as toothpicks.