Truck driver takes out tree on Beacon Hill

Tree destroyed by truck on Charles Street on Beacon Hill

Roving UHub photographer ELE happened upon this tree-smashing truck on Charles Street near Mt. Vernon St. on Beacon Hill this morning. No word if the driver was heading for Storrow Drive.

A tree-removal crew was quick to arrive:

Tree being removed

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same old story

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trees just darting out into traffic....gotta learn to share the roads, my arboreal friends

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BHAC take note

No doubt the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will require the owner of the property to install a replacement tree of the same species and size.

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It's a Street Tree

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The City will replant it. Street trees don't belong to property owners. That's probably why the removal happened so fast, too.

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it's really difficult

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to get a "full sized tree" in one of those sidewalk spots. The root system for most trees expands as far (and usually a bit farther) than the branch canopy. Because of that, they need massive amounts of space for water.

When it's fully paved over like that, you simply can't plant a large tree. They have to start very small...and most of the large city trees started out with more ground coverage than they have now.

Highly unlikely that spot will get a big tree anytime soon...if ever. They have to use species that are smaller for these one-square-meter plots.

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How original

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How original

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Ah wouldn't it be nice

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If it was original.

Until and unless bad driving becomes the focus of not killing people and trees, the mocking of MartyCarGuy1980called will continue.

Notice that the tree isn't wearing a helmet or neon/reflective clothing and was trying to pass the truck on the right.

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MISSING TREE

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Perfect 311 case

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Quick to blame

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How do we know that the truck wasn't just parked there and the tree fell on it? Did the truck have front-end damage from running into the tree?

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Tree saves pedestrians?

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Maybe the brakes went out and the driver elected to take out a tree rather than pedestrians?

It could happen.

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Charge the driver for the

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Charge the driver for the cost of a new tree and all of the maintenance that goes with it for 5 years.

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I knew I felt..

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A disturbance in the force...’twas another Tree, taken—stolen from us far to early...that’s just a little less oxygen for the kids.

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