Almanac

News - January 20, 2010

Treetop crashes through car, injures driver

by Andrea Gemmet

The driver of a silver Toyota was injured when the top of a redwood tree came crashing through his windshield as he was driving eastbound on Santa Cruz Avenue near Hillview Middle School around 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18.

The car crashed through the wooden fence in front of David Eline's home on Santa Cruz Avenue, and then through a chain link fence into his neighbor's front yard. It came to rest only a couple of yards away from the car parked in the home's driveway.

The driver was taken to the hospital, according to Officer Tony Mendoza of the Menlo Park Police Department.

"I heard the crash of the tree limb literally going through the car, and then I heard the crash of the car going through the fence," Mr. Eline told The Almanac.

He said a strong gust of wind snapped the treetop with an audible popping sound. The tree is one of a stand of large redwoods at the corner of Olive Street and Santa Cruz Avenue, opposite Hillview Middle School.

Power was knocked out temporarily in the neighborhood because the crash caused arcing of wires.

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