Crews work to clear fallen tree in SF's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A roughly 30-foot tree fell this afternoon in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, taking down some Municipal Transportation Agency power lines in the process.

Fire crews were dispatched at 2:31 p.m. on a report of a tree down at the intersection of Page and Divisadero streets.

The tree took down some of Muni's power lines, but Muni spokesman Paul Rose said power was restored at 4:06 p.m.

There was no disruption to service because the agency was able to reroute service around the fallen tree, Rose said. As of around 4:30 p.m., Rose said Muni was running its regular route.

It took crews only minutes to cut the massive tree apart and clear a path for cars.

The huge tree seems to have come apart at the root and collapsed over Divisadero Street.

Fire crews quickly went to work with their chainsaws, cutting it apart.

It came down at a time when there is usually quite a bit of foot traffic through what's a pretty busy street, but witnesses say no one was hurt and no cars were damaged when it came down.

"The tree just slowly started to fall and tip and then luckily there was no cars crossing the street, but man it was crazy," Ryan Reith said.

"A car had just passed through the intersection and got caught by the back branches. And she just parked her car, didn't even take a picture of her car, took a picture of the tree and kept on moving," Joshua Covell said.

He said, the tree did come down over the Muni power lines, but they didn't snap.

In a little more than an hour, the San Francisco Police Department was able to partially re-open traffic.
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