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article imageYuletide Tree Causes Havoc on California Freeway

By Sandy Sand     Dec 17, 2009 in Lifestyle
Christmas trees with sparkling light and glittering decorations are a pleasure to behold, but that same tree in the middle of a busy urban freeway spells nothing but trouble for motorists.
The Foothill (210) Freeway outside Los Angeles was the site of a Christmas tree that tumbled onto the roadway causing a three-vehicle crash and the closure of one traffic lane for nearly an hour, police said.
A SigAlert had to be issued Monday night, Dec. 14, during rush hour around 7:30 p.m.
California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada there were no injuries when:
A Mitsubishi Galant swerved to avoid hitting a Christmas tree on the No. 2 lane, lost control and collided with the center divider.
She continued:
"A third vehicle came along, swerved to avoid the first two vehicles and the tree and hit the center divider."
Although none of the drivers involved hit the offending tree, other motorists did. It didn’t survive, police said, and if it hadn’t been dissipated by traffic it would be no more than kindling.
There were no reports of a missing Christmas tree and it isn’t unknown how the tree actually landed on the freeway other than an educated guess that it fell off the roof of someone’s car as they were transporting it home for the holidays.
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