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August 23, 2014
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Tree blocks traffic on Highway 138 E Friday afternoon

A large tree fell completely across Highway 138E in the Toketee area early Friday afternoon and blocked traffic in both directions.

No vehicles were damaged by the tree.

Witnesses reported it wasn’t too many minutes before men in a pickup with a chain saw arrived at the scene. They cut the top off the tree where it was sitting up on the guard rail and it rolled down the bank. They also cut a smaller section or two off the tree, opening a small lane.

Robert Guse of Roseburg said that when he arrived at the tree on his motorcycle, about 20 westbound vehicles were backed and about 40 eastbound vehicles were stopped.

Guse, a millworker, estimated the tree was about 30 inches across at the chain saw cuts.

Guse said he rode his motorcycle through the narrow lane between the tree and guard rail at about 2:20 p.m., but the other vehicles remained blocked.

“Everybody seemed pretty patient,” he said.

Not long after Guse left the scene, witnesses reported a logging truck with a boom arrived. The boom maneuvered the remaining portion of the tree to the side enough to allow traffic to resume.

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