Large Tree Crushes Car, Takes Out Fence in Pasadena

A 120-foot-tall, 100-year-old pine tree fell onto a car and a fence in Pasadena on Tuesday, but no one was injured, police said.

The tree fell late Tuesday afternoon in the 900 block of North Hill Avenue, according to Pasadena police.

It crushed a vehicle when it fell across two additional properties and took out a perimeter fence, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Luna.

Chris Akerboom heard the "crush" of the big tree coming down.

"When I went out, it was the car smashed to a pancake," he said.

The family of the destroyed car wasn't home at the time of the fall.

"It was a great tree, really big," said 9-year-old John, whose play area was destroyed by the fall. "Such a shame that it fell down."

Homes and utilities were not compromised, fire authorities said. Oversaturated soil and top-heavy tree branches were the likely cause of the collapse. Routine tree trimming can help prevent mishaps.

"This is just miraculous that nobody was hurt when you see the extent of the damage to the vehicle and backyard and patio," said Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department. "Kids could have been playing out here. Somebody could have been in the car."

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