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Tree falls on moving vehicle, kills driver

Posted at 9:33 AM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-09 23:16:23-05

SAN DIEGO COUNTY - A driver was killed Monday morning after a large tree fell on the minivan he was driving. 

According to authorities, the incident happened shortly before 8:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of Willow Glen Road, northwest of Fallbrook.

"I look out the window and the tree was just smashed on top of the car," said Nate Ghaly, who heard the crash, ran to see what had happened and called 911. "I looked inside to see if he was responsive. I looked in the back to see if there were any kids in the back. There was no way I could do anything to help him."

Authorities confirmed the driver of the Toyota Sienna van was the only person in the vehicle and that he died at the scene. 

A stretch of Willow Glen Road was shut down in both directions for an extended period of time.

California Highway Patrol could not yet say whether the fatal incident was weather related, but rain had been falling in the county at the time of the event. 

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated with more information as it becomes available.