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This limb was almost like a second trunk -- it was as big as the tree itself, when it fell across McLoughlin

DAVID F. ASHTON - This giant limb split off the trunk of this old oak tree, along SE McLoughlin Boulevard, and fell across the highway, blocking all lanes. By chance, no passing vehicle was impacted. The highway was cleared rapidly by hauling the limb back into Westmoreland ParkTraffic came to a sudden halt, as motorists on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard discovered a huge, tree-sized limb lying across the entire highway, a little north of Sckavone Field along Westmoreland Park, on Thursday morning, September 24.

"The oak tree had a large limb come down just before 7 a.m., and it lay across all four lanes of Highway 99E traffic, northbound and southbound," explained Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Region 1 Public Information Officer Don Hamilton.

"The word 'limb' does it no justice; its diameter rivaled a lot of grown trees outside of the Park Block area," Hamilton told THE BEE. By great good fortune, it fell when no passing car was underneath in any of the lanes.

ODOT workers grabbed power tools and got to work cutting up the giant limb, hauling away some of the larger pieces.

"The rest was pushed over onto the southbound-side lawn area of the park, using a loader out of our Milwaukie maintenance yard, to get the debris out of the way and get all lanes open by 7:35 a.m.," Hamilton said.


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