STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton family is breathing a sigh of relief after narrowly escaping a crashing tree in their own backyard.
Dan Cannistraci was busy setting up for a bridal shower Friday to take place underneath his favorite tree while his grandchildren were playing in the nearby pool. Cannistraci said the Heritage Oak tree is one of the main reasons he bought the property on the 4000 block of Morada Lane 30 years ago.
Suddenly, the tree trunk split - one half crashed onto his house and the other half smashed into a neighboring tree then slammed onto the ground. Cannistraci said it's a miracle no one was hurt.
Cannistraci found out Friday much of the Heritage Oak was hollowed out inside and slowly dying. Because Heritage Oaks are protected in many communities, he says homeowners are limited in what they can do to prune their trees. That's why Cannistraci urges everyone will learn from the crash and to have trees like this inspected on a regular basis.
Cannistraci, who is a landscaper, said there are a lot of warning signs people might not notice without the help of a certified arborist, but one thing homeowners will be able to see is a beehive. Beehives are sign of a hollowed out section in tree. Cannistraci said to be careful because after the crash he had to go to the emergency room after getting stung by many bees.