Motorists escape injury when tree falls on Greene Street

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Timing, it is said, is everything.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com A worker with the North Carolina Division of Highways uses a chainsaw to help clear a large tree that fell on East Greene Street in front of the Social Security Administration building Monday afternoon in downtown Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
A worker with the North Carolina Division of Highways uses a chainsaw to help clear a large tree that fell on East Greene Street in front of the Social Security Administration building Monday afternoon in downtown Rockingham.

Passing motorists and employees of the Social Security Administration on Greene Street in downtown Rockingham on Monday couldn’t have asked for better. At about 3:30 p.m. — in the midst of school bus traffic and the end of the work day at the SSA — a large tree fell, blocking East Greene Street between North Hancock and North Lawrence streets.

“Thank goodness everyone was already gone,” said an SSA employee.

Another SSA worker expressed concern that had the tree fallen only a few minutes sooner, someone could have gotten hurt.

As it was, even SSA employees were able to leave the building despite the fallen tree blocking its entrance. There is a second entrance/exit way from an adjacent business onto North Hancock Street.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Officers with the Rockingham Police Department managed traffic control duties while a work crew from the North Carolina Division of Highways used heavy equipment and a chainsaw to clear the debris from the roadway.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com A Rockingham Police Department officer's patrol car helps alert motorists that something's amiss near the intersection of North Lawrence and East Greene streets.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
A Rockingham Police Department officer’s patrol car helps alert motorists that something’s amiss near the intersection of North Lawrence and East Greene streets.

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