UPDATED: Elm Tree Falls, Blocks Wilmette Intersection

The tree fell Tuesday afternoon and Patch was tipped off by a reader.

A large elm tree fell Wednesday afternoon, blocking the intersection of Cherokee Road and Elmwood Avenue.

Reader Jan Gargula tipped Patch off to the incident, saying it occurred around 2:30 p.m. (Read more about another fallen Wilmette tree: the Bicentennial Ash.)

Wilmette Police Chief Brian King said in an email that officers responded to a report of a tree down in the roadway around 2:20 p.m. No injuries were reported, and the Wilmette Forestry Department began clearing the intersection by 2:45 p.m., according to King.

"Thank goodness no one was hurt and no electrical wires were involved," Gargula said in an email.

According to Gargula's son, John Gargula, a village worker said , as well as the tree's weak root system led to the fall.

Stay tuned to Patch for more on the fallen elm.


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