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The street tree's sagging limb had been a problem for truck drivers already; it finally pronged a box truck

DAVID F. ASHTON - S.E. 13th Avenue was closed on the Bybee Curve in Westmoreland, while workers toiled to extract the huge, torn-off overhanging tree limb from inside the front top corner of a local delivery truck.When the top of a refrigerated box truck from New Seasons Markets struck an untrimmed, low-hanging tree branch on October 5, at about 7:30 a.m., the sound of the impact jolted some sleepy-eyed neighbors awake on S.E. 13th Avenue, on the Bybee Curve at Rural Street.

"It sounded like a combination of a huge tree splintering and a car wreck," remarked neighbor Ron Maxwell, as he watched crews work to extract the torn limb from the truck's roof.

One house lost power in the incident, when an electric service line was ripped from the home's weatherhead by the passing broken limb, now impaled in the top corner of the truck's box. The broken branch also yanked a street light off its base on a wooden utility pole before the truck could stop.

The truck's driver told THE BEE he wasn't injured, but he was a little concerned about his job because of the accident. He pointed out, however, that the low-hanging branch was looming over the street. "Several of our other trucks have been damaged by that limb; it's been difficult to avoid, especially with oncoming traffic on such a narrow street."

According to the Portland Maps website, the tree, located just south of Wilhelm's Portland Memorial on the Oaks Bottom bluff, is on City of Portland property.

"It looks like this is another case of the City of Portland's unwritten policy of 'tree trimming by delivery truck'," quipped neighbor Maxwell, as he watched the work continue.


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