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Montecito mashup when Eucalyptus tree splits on top of an SUV

Fallen tree hits vehicle Montecito
John Palminteri
A eucalyptus tree split apart Saturday in Montecito damaging an SUV below it. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Tree damages SUV in Montecito
John Palminteri
A eucalyptus tree split apart Saturday in Montecito damaging an SUV below it. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Tree damages SUV in Montecito
John Palminteri
A eucalyptus tree split apart Saturday in Montecito damaging an SUV below it. (Photo: John Palminteri)

MONTECITO, Calif. - An unoccupied vehicle was in the landing zone for a massive eucalyptus tree when it broke apart Saturday in Montecito.

The Honda SUV had significant damage to the front end, windshield and roof top from the startling scene on Butterfly Lane.

The tree covered a large part of the street and stretched out towards the Union Pacific railroad tracks. It's unknown if trains were delayed.

Similar trees in the same area have come down in recent years blocking Channel Drive a block away.

Had the tree broken off in another direction, a home on the closest property possibly could have been hit.

The area has been cordoned off by yellow tape.

This section of the street is a dead end and has very little traffic.

Santa Barbara- S County

John Palminteri

John Palminteri is senior reporter for KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 Central Coast News.