A tree fell onto Mt. Vernon Avenue after it was struck by a Sysco delivery truck on Wednesday afternoon near the corner of E. Uhler Avenue.
The truck driver said he hit just a branch of the tree, but the collision caused the whole tree to fall over at the stump. The tree appeared to be rotting from the inside.
The driver was making a delivery to across the street from where the truck was parked. The area is not a loading zone, but parking was available to the truck.
The fallen tree blocked the southbound lane of Mt. Vernon Avenue, causing a delay in traffic.
Police did not arrive to the scene until more than 30 minutes after witnesses to the collision dialed the department’s non-emergency number.
Once on the scene, police briefly closed the southbound lane of Mt. Vernon Avenue and diverted traffic onto E. Uhler Avenue to remove the tree.