Van driver killed by falling tree in San Mateo County

SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Gusty winds killed trees across the Bay Area on Tuesday, with one of those trees claiming a life near Portola Valley.

A tree fell on a vehicle traveling on Alpine Road in San Mateo County near 280 and the driver was killed earlier Tuesday. The CHP received a report of a tree hitting a pickup truck on Alpine Road west of Interstate 280 at about 1:34 p.m.

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Responders arrived at the scene to find that a large eucalyptus tree had fallen onto a white plumbing truck, shattering its roof. Firefighters attempted to extricate the driver from the van and while they were doing so, another tree fell, hitting another vehicle behind the van. There was no one in the second vehicle and none of the firefighters were injured by the second tree fall.

They were able to reach the van’s sole occupant at 1:55 p.m. and found that person had been killed on impact by the tree.

As a result of the incident, both directions of the Alpine Road were closed. Once the coroner has recovered the body, the removal of the fallen trees will begin.

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