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Two People in Falling Tree Incident on Auburn Folsom Road

A falling tree fell on two vehicles on March 19, causing the hospitalization of two people. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. along Auburn Folsom Road between Douglas Boulevard and Cavitt Stallman Road. Both vehicles were SUVs. 

Falling Tree in Rancho San Antonio Park Kills San Jose Woman

The mother of a Boy Scout was killed by a falling tree in Cupertino on March 5 at a local park while hiking with the troop. The deceased woman was identified as San Jose resident Vidyut Nautiyal, age 44. The Scout troop was hiking in Rancho San Antonio Park along the PG&E Trail around 10:00 a.m. when the tree fell without warning. The mother of a 17-year-old Scout, Nautiyal, reportedly hesitated as the tree fell as she first looked to see if her son was safe.

Clovis Woman Injured by Falling Tree Branch on Villa Avenue

A Clovis woman was injured on February 21 when she was struck by a falling tree branch. The accident happened along Villa Avenue between Shaw and West Santa Ana avenues in the evening hours. The Clovis Police Department reported that the woman was on foot with her two children under a tree when she heard the limb snap. Although she tried to run, the limb hit her but fortunately missed the children. The injured woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where it was determined she had suffered minor injuries. 

Falling Tree Accident on Bobcat Lane Causes Severe Trauma to Young Child

An infant suffered critical injuries in a falling tree accident into a home in Boulder Creek on February 21. The child, according to Mark Bingham, the chief of the Boulder Creek Fire District, is breathing and conscious but listed in critical condition. The accident happened along Bobcat Lane near Highway 236. Firefighters arrived at the scene to discover a tree had fallen in the living room of the residence, pinning the child. 

Santa Cruz Man Killed in Fallen Tree Incident

One person was killed in a fallen tree incident in Santa Cruz on the afternoon of December 31, 2022. According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. at Lighthouse Field State Beach. State Parks officials said the unidentified man was a 72-year-old Santa Cruz resident.

Falling Tree Accident at Almaden Quicksilver County Park 

A San Jose tree accident injured three women when it fell recently. The women were hiking at Almaden Quicksilver County Park when the oak crashed down, trapping the three women underneath sometime before 10:00 a.m., according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The injured women were transported by first responders to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Two suffered moderate injuries while the trauma to the third was considered minor. 

Tragedy at Slide Hill Park in Davis

On Tuesday morning, a tragic event occurred at Slide Hill Park in Davis, California.  Following a series of winter wind storms, many trees in Northern California were left with weakened limbs, and not all of the affected trees have been inspected and trimmed.  Tuesday brought sustained 20-30 mph winds to the area, and this combination of factors may have been the reason why a 20-foot long limb fell from an Evergreen Ash tree, striking and killing a woman who had brought her three-year-old child to the nature area.  The child escaped physical injury.  

Dangerous Falling Trees and Branches

Each year in California, falling trees and branches cause property damage, injuries, and even deaths.  The phenomenon is so prevalent that the dramatic term “widowmaker” has been coined by the forestry industry to describe a detached or dead branch hanging in a tree.  Because of potential liability associated with owning a property with large trees, many homeowners choose to have their trees cut down.  This may not be the best course of action if the tree is healthy.  Some trees are protected by law, and having a large tree on your land can significantly increase the property value.  In sunny regions such as Los Angeles, the shade a large tree provides can translate into hundreds of dollars in savings in air conditioning costs each year.

Hazardous Trees Causing Problems in Sacramento County

Hazardous trees are causing problems in Sacramento County due to the recent inclement weather. Storms have caused both trees and tree limbs to fall. It has also led to power outages and in some areas, flooding. As trees are uprooted, the chances of danger to residents are increased. In locations along the American River Parkway, 31 trees have been recognized as hazardous, and park officials are saying they will have to be removed. 

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