SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A fallen tree blocked a portion of 19th Avenue in San Francisco Monday afternoon for about 90 minutes, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The tree came down just before 1:30 p.m. on a white Ford Escort that was headed south on the section of State Route 1/19th Avenue referred to as Veterans Boulevard, just north of the MacArthur Tunnel in the city’s Presidio District, CHP officials said.
No one was injured. The tree was still blocking both southbound lanes as of about 2:10 p.m. and portions of the northbound lanes were blocked as well.
Video from the Chopper 5 shows crews scrambling to cut the limbs off the tree and dropping them onto the roadway so the debris could be hauled away.
In the meantime, traffic backed up both ways. Those headed north were backed up to Golden Gate Park and southbound drivers were stuck all the way onto the Golden Gate Bridge.
CHP Marin tweeted that all lanes had been reopened by about 3 p.m.
No word yet on what caused the tree to fall as there wasn’t much wind to speak of, but the soil in the Presidio is saturated from the recent rains.
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