Many readers have sent us photos of a downed tree and subsequent damage it caused (ie smashing a car) earlier today.
BHB reader “Cindy” writes:
Just moments past noon today (7-13-11), I witnessed a large branch of a street tree fall on a passing car stopped at a light on Henry St. at the intersection of Joralemon. The branch landed on the front hood of the car on the passenger side. The driver sat for a moment, then shut of f the engine and got out of the car. He said he was not hurt, and he had no passengers. Police arrived within minutes, followed a few minutes later by a fire truck.
The tree is a Bradford Pear, which is best known for the mass of lovely white flowers it produces in early spring before the leaves emerge. It’s not uncommon for branches of Bradford Pears to break off like this. The acute angle of the branching allows moisture to accumulate, leading to rot.
Orange cones at the scene had been set up earlier by Con Ed workers, serving to surround a manhole cover ≈25 feet north of the intersection. One of the workers said the cover had been opened to check the water level around a newly refurbished Con Ed line.