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One dead, one injured after tree falls on vehicle in Santa Cruz County

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An 84-year-old man was killed and an 85-year-old man was seriously injured Thursday in Santa Cruz County when a tree fell on a Cadillac Escalade they were in, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two elderly men were headed northbound on state Highway 17 south of Summit Road when a tree toppled over around 3:30 p.m. The tree collided with the Cadillac, causing a pileup of around 10 total vehicles. Only the people in the Cadillac were injured. The driver, who lives in Aptos, suffered major injuries, according to a news release from the CHP. The other man was killed.

The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death, and a spokeswoman said Friday that authorities had not yet confirmed his identity.

A spokesman for the CHP did not immediately return a call asking for more information.

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