Tree House Crashes on Cars in Oakland | NBC Bay Area

Tree House Crashes on Cars in Oakland



    (Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014)

    An 80-year-old oak tree that hosted a family tree house fell down during Tuesday night's storm, landing on three cars parked in a residential Oakland neighborhood.

    Rachel Itsekson, 10, once climbed that tree with her older brother. She looked on Wednesday with her mother as public works crews worked to take the broken pieces off her property on El Dorado Avenue.  She reminisced about playing in the tree, shouting to her friends across the street and singing up in the branches when she was younger.

    "I was just freaked out," Rachel said, adding that her brother woke her up to tell her about the crash. "I didn't know what was going on. I thought it was just a prank."

    PG&E crews were called out about 10 p.m. after the tree fell near MacArthur Boulevard and Fairmont Avenue, damaging three cars. The tree also knocked down some power and sewer lines.

    On Wednesday, it was an odd sight to see, as massive pieces of wood bound with yellow caution tape were piled high, still on top of the cars. Crews were busy at work with chainsaws hacking apart the branches and trunk, spitting the pieces into sawdust.

    Naleem Salaam told NBC Bay Area on Wednesday morning that he felt "very lucky" he wasn't hurt. He heard a loud "boom" when the tree and a subsequent transformer fell.  

    "I got inside as quick as I could," he said.

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