Downed tree blocks freeway lanes

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SAN DIEGO – Strong winds blew over a eucalyptus tree Friday morning, blocking a freeway onramp and two traffic lanes on Interstate 5.

The downed tree blocked the onramp from westbound La Jolla Village Drive to northbound I-5 in University City, along with two nearby lanes on the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol issued a traffic alert for the area. A Caltrans road crew cut up the tree and hauled it off. The freeway lanes and onramp were reopened at about 1 p.m.