Traffic was disrupted in Franklin late Thursday, and a house and a truck hauling a trailer were damaged in incidents involving a falling tree. The occupants of the house and a truck driver from Warren County escaped injury in the incidents.
The traffic problems began late Thursday afternoon when a large branch fell out onto the 1400-block of Liberty Street in Franklin. At the time, passenger vehicles coming down 15th Street Hill were re-routed onto Eagle Street, and southbound traffic making the 90-degree turn to climb the hill was limited to one lane of travel. Tractor-trailer traffic approaching Franklin was halted at the brake check pull-off at the top of the hill.
Then, early in the evening, the tree itself toppled and fell onto a parked truck hauling approximately thirty pigs on a trailer. The rig’s driver, Larry Upton, from Garland, told KQW’s Joe Lodanosky that he had just pulled to the side of the street to investigate a problem with his engine when the tree fell directly onto his vehicle. Upton and the animals in the trailer were all reported to be safe.
A house located on the uptown side of the Franklin Motel received some roof and porch damage. Clean-up work continued late into the night.