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Update: Falling elm tree crushes cars at City Park 

Update: A tree that fell Sunday evening at the downtown City Park in Paso Robles was an elm, according to Paso Robles Park’s Supervisor Nate Wyatt. His clarification follows conflicting reports that it might have been an oak. The story below is updated.

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People gather around a fallen tree in City Park on Sunday. Photo by Peter Schroeder III.

A giant tree fell Sunday evening and crushed parked cars at the downtown City Park. The massive tree once stood on the south side of the park along 11th Street across from Second Press restaurant. It fell down after 6 p.m., landing on four cars. No one was injured.

Photo by Larry Warner.

Photo by Larry Warner.

“A mom and a girl just got out of the way in time,” reports Peter Schroeder III. “They were just getting out of the car and it fell,” he said.

The tree was huge. Probably 3-to-4 feet in diameter, an eye witness reports. Dozens of onlookers gathered and snapped photos of the scene. Paso Robles police and firefighters responded to the scene for safety. 11th Street, between Spring and Pine streets, was closed for hours while crews sawed up the tree.

By Monday morning, the remains of the tree had been removed and all that was left was hole in the turf filled with roots.

A close up of the damage inflicted by a falling tree on Sunday. Photo by Nathan Durgin.

A close up of the damage inflicted by a falling tree on Sunday. Photo by Nathan Durgin.

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