San Diego

Giant Tree Falls, Blocks Busy Point Loma Street

A giant tree was blocking a major Point Loma Street Tuesday morning after it collapsed overnight. 

City of San Diego crews said the 20- to 30-foot tree tumbled down, possibly because of wet ground and older roots, at around 2 a.m. 

The tree may have been part of a residence on Quimby Street and fell onto Nimitz Boulevard near Poe Street, blocking at least one direction of the typically busy roadway. 

Crews worked overnight to chop up the tree and haul it away. Major progress had been made by 6 a.m. and most of the tree was gone but one direction of Nimitz Boulevard remained closed. 

A week earlier, a massive Torrey Pine collapsed on a home in a neighborhood about a mile away, crushing two people who were asleep inside. 

Despite efforts to reach the couple, Troy and Jessica Nelson were pronounced dead when firefighters were able to make their way inside. 

The 75- to 100-feet tree's fall caused a gas leak and downed power lines, and left the home uninhabitable. 

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