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Family escapes harm as big tree branch crashes onto SUV

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Talk about a lucky break. A motorist and his two young children managed to escape injury Friday when a 15-foot branch snapped off a roadside tree in Balboa Park and came crashing down through the windshield of their SUV.

The family was heading south on Park Boulevard about 10:15 a.m., on their way to the nearby San Diego Natural History Museum, when the roughly 12-inch-diameter eucalyptus log made a direct hit on the front of their Toyota 4Runner just south of Zoo Place, said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.  

The branch shattered the windshield and thrust a limb directly between the driver's legs, he said. Improbably, the only injury caused by the tumbling lumber was a cut the motorist suffered from a flying shard of glass.

"The guy is really lucky," Luque said. "A lot of people are saying this guy should go out and buy some lottery tickets."

Medics took the man to a hospital for treatment of the gash. His son and daughter, ages 8 and 13, did not require medical attention.

The branch apparently just broke loose from natural causes, possibly prompted by some gusty breezes blowing through San Diego over the morning, according to Luque, who noted that eucalyptus trees have a reputation for dropping limbs without warning.

Authorities closed the southbound lanes of the street for about a half-hour to allow for cleanup.

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