Huge tree blocks Clark Street on UCM campus

(Photo courtesy Andrew Mather) A tree blocks Clark Street after falling Thursday morning.

(Photo courtesy Andrew Mather) A tree blocks Clark Street after falling Thursday morning.

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(Photo courtesy Andrew Mather) A tree blocks Clark Street after falling Thursday morning.
(Photos courtesy Andrew Mather, digitalBURG) A tree blocks Clark Street near the Wood Building on UCM’s campus after falling Thursday morning.

 
(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – A large tree fell across Clark Street on the University of Central Missouri campus around 10:20 a.m. Thursday, April 11 while most students were in class. Warrensburg Police, Warrensburg Fire and Rescue, as well as University Public Safety and UCM Grounds crews all responded.
The asphalt is uplifted as a result of the collapse.
The asphalt is uplifted as a result of the collapse.

The tree was a Post Oak (Quercus stellata) and possibly more than 50-years-old, according to UCM officials. It was still alive, as new buds were sprouting on the branches. The asphalt around the tree was broken, and some sections were raised up by the tree’s roots, which appeared rotten.
A KMOS van was parked beside the fallen tree. Only minor cosmetic damage could be seen near the bottom of the passenger side. There were no injuries or utility damage, according to university officials.
Cleanup and removal of the tree was completed by the UCM Grounds Shop. The City of Warrensburg brought in a street sweeper to finish cleaning the road.
UCM's Grounds crews work to remove the collapsed tree.
Rocky Meads, left, and Fred Binder, right, utilize chainsaws to remove the collapsed tree.

Heavy equipment is brought in to remove scattered debris.
Heavy equipment is brought in to remove scattered debris.