LINCOLN PARK — A towering tree fell across Sheffield Avenue near Wrightwood Avenue early Monday morning, crushing multiple cars.
The tree, which appeared to snap at the base of its trunk, came crashing down about 5:45 a.m., according to a witness.
"I was in my bed and I woke up instantly," said Giana Duca, 24. "I thought it was the 'L.'"
The tree remained in the road, which was still shut off to traffic north of Wrightwood as of 10 a.m., while crews worked to cut off branches and clear debris.
Two cars were pinned under the main trunk of the tree, while Duca's vehicle escaped with only broken front lights and some damage to the front of the hood.
"It was kind of like a dun, dun, dun sound," Duca said. "Like multiple crashes."
Duca said it was not windy outside when she came to check on her car, and had no idea what caused the tree to fall.
Luckily, it came down early in the morning when pedestrians and vehicles weren't traveling in the normally bustling area.
"Not a whole lot of people were running or walking, which was good," Duca said.