aromas road fallen tree
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Aromas Road has been shut down since 11:30am Friday when a huge eucalyptus tree crashed to the pavement. The tree crushed a parked Infinity sedan and damaged a parked Honda SUV. Power is out in the area, said resident Victor Kraft, whose Infinity was totaled. “It sounded like an earthquake,” he said. No injuries were reported. The tree also tore down utility poles, power lines and numerous communication lines. It has also trapped residents at one home on the 200 block of Aromas Road as wreckage blocks a driveway gate. According to PG&E, 39 customers are without power. Aromas Road remains closed in both directions on the 200 block as of 2:30pm.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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