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SUV knocks 40-foot tree onto 101 Freeway

Part of the 101 Freeway was closed Saturday morning after an SUV knocked over a tree onto several lanes near the Universal City exit.

October 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Part of the 101 Freeway was closed Saturday morning after a tree fell across several lanes.It happened on the northbound side, just before the Universal City exit around 3 a.m.

California Highway Patrol officers said the driver of an SUV hit the 40-foot tree, knocking it into the road. Three lanes of the freeway were closed for more than 90 minutes as officers investigated.

That driver ran off on foot, but left her purse behind along with her ID.

At least one other driver hit the tree before crews could clear it.

No one was seriously hurt.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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