• Child hurt after rotting laurel oak tree crashes down on 2 vehicles near Orlando

    By: Deanna Allbrittin , James Tutten


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A frightening crash on an Orlando road sent a child to a hospital after a large tree came crashing down onto two passing cars.

    It happened Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m. along South Crystal Lake Drive, just north of Michigan Street.

    This is another recent case of an old laurel oak tree falling onto a car. Earlier this month, a laurel oak fell on a police car.


    This type of tree is prone to toppling because of how they rot inside, which is exactly what happened here.

    After one of this tree's large branches fell on top of the cars, crews worked to remove the whole thing.

    Pictures from the Orange County Fire Rescue Department show the large branch that fell was the size of some tree trunks.

    Firefighters cut up that branch, and then a county worker came out and decided the rest of the tree was too dangerous to keep.

    Neighbors who heard and saw the large branch falling agree the tree needs to go.

    “I heard a loud, like popping noise,” said witness Antonio Castillo. “I was outside in the backyard, and the entire branch just fell and then screeching tires. Somebody started yelling, ‘Help! Help!’”

    According to a neighbor, the tree is about 60 years old and laurel oaks only live for about 50 to 70 years.

    Just because they look green and healthy from the outside doesn't mean they're not rotting on the inside.

    Once they rot, they could fall at any time, which is why it's important to get them checked and removed once they start nearing the end of their life spans.



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