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2 down trees cause traffic trouble during commute

Part of a large tree fell on Moreland Avenue northbound Wednesday morning.

2 down trees cause traffic trouble during commute

Two trees down in two different locations are causing traffic trouble for morning commuters. 

A large part of a tree fell early Wednesday morning, blocking a busy street in Atlanta. Part of a tree fell onto Moreland Avenue. All northbound lanes are currently blocked. 

Triple Team Traffic first told you about the traffic impact on Channel 2 Action News This Morning.

Channel 2's Kristen Holloway is at the scene, where crews are working to remove the tree from the road. 


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Brookhaven police said Kendrick Road is blocked between Osborne Road and Grove Street due to a fallen tree. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes.

 

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