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Rotten roots caused tree to topple on UNC campus

Posted November 3, 2009

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— Rotting roots caused a tree to fall Monday on the University of North Carolina campus, injuring two students, officials said Tuesday.

The tree fell shortly before 2 p.m. outside Mitchell Hall, off South Columbia Street.

Sheryl Singerling was treated at the scene, and Amber Hathcock was taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment. Hathcock was released from the hospital Tuesday.

UNC campus arborist Tom Bythell said the tree's roots had rotted, causing it to uproot and topple. Groundskeepers examine trees on campus almost daily to try to prevent such occurrences, he said.


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  • EverythingTicksMeOff Nov 4, 2009

    I know! I know! It was chemtrails!!!!!!

  • SantaClaus Nov 4, 2009

    What does the DualDoppler5000 tell you? Are there more trees that will be falling? Will any fall in my yard?

  • southern wisdom Nov 4, 2009

    Must have missed checking on this one for a day or two.

  • meh2 Nov 3, 2009

    If a tree has an uneven weight distribution such as an asymmetrical crown or a distinct lean, it is possible for it to fall without any external force being applied - gravity is always trying to pull trees down.

    Root rot is not uncommon, especially in an environment as unnatural as a college campus. I hope the injured people recover.

  • veyor Nov 3, 2009

    Somebody must have hugged it too hard.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 3, 2009

    No wind? So you say it "just fell"? Strange.