Watch CBS News

Woman Walks Away Uninjured After Eucalyptus Tree Falls On Her Car Near Oakland's Lake Merritt

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A woman was able to walk away without injury after a tree fell on her car while she was driving near Lake Merritt in Oakland Thursday afternoon.

The driver said she was on First Avenue and East 14th street when the giant eucalyptus crushed her vehicle.

Rescue crews were able to get the woman out. Fire officials said she is very lucky to be alive.

"It could have been a lot worse, especially if I had been in the other lane of the two, that's where the heaviest part of the tree fell," said driver Kate Viernes. "Or if there were other people in the back seat. The window is shattered there, the roof caved in, so it could have been a lot worse."

Crews worked on removing the tree from the road late Thursday afternoon. Investigators are looking into why the tree fell.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.