Crunch time, as tree falls on truck

By EMMA CORNFORD

AS Terry French pulled his truck up outside the Grafton Base Hospital yesterday to get something to eat, he heard a loud crack.

Next thing he knew, the passenger side of the cabin was flattened and windscreen and window smashed as a Jacaranda tree toppled onto the vehicle.

"I didn't know what had happened until I saw all the branches," he said.

"Everyone heard the noise and came running form the pub, the hospital, the jail it was that loud.

"I mean it was half a tree."

Mr French, a State Forests NSW worker, said he thought Jacaranda trees around the town should be checked and trimmed when they were near roads to ensure similar incidents did not occur.

He also said he had been told by council workers that the trees had been earmarked for removal sometime ago, but 'no-one had got around' to doing it.

"It's shaken the sh.. out of me, especially when you realise what could have happened."



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