A copperpod tree was uprooted downtown Ho Chi Minh City in heavy rains and winds Wednesday afternoon, crushing four cars and leaving a local driver with minor injuries.
The fallen tree, measuring 50 centimeters in diameter, blocked the intersection of Le Loi and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia streets in District 1 at 4.30 pm, causing a traffic jam.
A Mai Linh taxi was among the cars crushed. Tran Van Thanh, the taxi driver, said he was turning the car when the tree fell on it and broke its windshield.
"My arms are slightly hurt, but luckily my guest was uninjured," Thanh said.
The other three cars included a Kia Carens, which was damaged heavily, and two Toyota Fortuner.
The four crushed cars included two Fortuner, a Kia and a taxi of the Mai Linh company. The Kia car was worst damaged among the four, with its head totally crushed by the uprooted tree.
It took 30 minutes before workers of the city's Trees and Parks Care Company arrived at the scene and clear the road of big tree trunks.
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