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Woman killed as trees fall on Hwy. 89 near Squaw Valley; vehicles damaged

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A Tahoe City woman died Thursday evening when trees fell on three vehicles in slow traffic on Highway 89 near Squaw Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Peter Mann, a CHP spokesman, said the death occurred about 6:22 p.m. during a period of heavy traffic on Highway 89 near the Squaw Valley intersection. For some reason, he said, a tree on the side of the roadway fell, first striking a Cadillac Escalade and then a Subaru.

The driver of the Escalade got out of the vehicle uninjured, but a 43-year-old woman in the Subaru was killed. She was the only occupant of her vehicle. Her name was not released.

A second tree then fell on a Tesla. The driver of the Tesla had exited the vehicle to aid people involved in the first incident. Mann said neither the Tesla driver nor the occupants of that vehicle were injured.

Mann said officials had not been determined what caused the trees to fall. Another tree fell in that area Wednesday, he said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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