VACAVILLE, CA – The family of a woman killed by a falling eucalyptus tree on Interstate 80 on Sunday is asking how a dead tree could have been allowed to become a potential hazard so close to the freeway.
"That tree was rotten. That tree was dead. It shoulda been cut down a long time ago," said Johnnie Price, the great grandmother of 22-year-old Kenneisha Dale, of Oakland.
Dale was driving in the westbound lanes of I-80 Sunday afternoon just after 1:30 when the tree fell on her car just west of Cherry Glen Road, smashing the windshield and apparently killing her instantly, according to the Highway Patrol.
"After the tree struck the vehicle, the vehicle swerved across all lanes and collided into the center divide, and then it swerved to the right across all lanes, and that's when it came to rest in the number four lane," California Highway Patrol officer S. Bratcher said.