A 30 metre pine tree was cut down on Smart Rd in New Plymouth yesterday after fears it would topple over on its own accord and squash a vehicle.
High winds earlier in the week are believed to have partially uprooted the tree, setting it at a dangerous lean.
At about 1.30pm police stopped traffic on the busy road and Neil Fenwick of Asplundh tree fellers used a chainsaw to bring down the pine in about six minutes.
The tree was then cut into pieces and removed from the road.
Mr Fenwick said the top branches would be mulched while the trunk would be firewood for the "boys".
The road was reopened after about 15 minutes.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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