Neighborhood Tree Kills Car Dead

This afternoon, while lazing away my Sunday, I was briefly jolted out of my reverie by a loud noise. I assumed it was a nearby car wreck or, since we live near the train tracks, the normal sound of trains starting and stopping and doing other train-like things. When my wife came home not long after, I found out what actually made the sound: one of the giant, old trees in our neighborhood had fallen over, from the roots, coming to a hard stop on the car parked in the drive of the house next door. Can you guess what kind of car it used to be?

It could have been much worse. The owners of the now-totaled car were just about to leave the house and take their boat to the lake. Two more photos after the jump.


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24 responses to “Neighborhood Tree Kills Car Dead”

  1. publicnewsense says:

    First victim of Hurricane Gustav….If we’d all been tending to our own trees instead of watching hurricane reports on TV….

  2. Brent D. says:

    It used to be…erect? I give.

  3. Rockwall Tim says:

    1948 gray Packard…maybe?

  4. John M says:

    I think those are the smallest photos ever posted here, the bottom two don’t even get larger when you click them.

  5. Nate says:

    It’s the Pontiac of Justice finally?

  6. Amy S says:

    Did you save the stevia?

  7. Zac Crain says:

    Sorry, John M. They’re better now.

  8. Lydia says:

    What gives (besides the roots)?
    A huge branch just fell from a big tree in my front yard. While not as big as these folk’s, it weights at least a couple hundred pounds and could have killed a person standing under it.
    Now I need to figure out what to do since our bulk trash pick up won’t be along for 3 weeks.

  9. Puddin'Tane says:


  10. Me says:

    VW Cabrio, me thinks.

  11. Zac Crain says:

    Lydia, the same thing happened to us a few weeks ago, except it was two branches that big. Unfortunately, I don’t have advice, since I ended up cutting it apart with a bow saw (gratuitous yard work reference) and stacking it by the curb, which is pretty much where it fell anyway.

    To the car guessers: not even close. (Though I’m pretty sure Puddin’Tane was just following accepted FB style and shooting one across Tim’s bow.) Hint: it’s a luxury SUV.

  12. amanda says:

    It’s a Lexus.

    The tree probably had cotton root rot. It happens a lot to mature trees that grow on former farmland.

    I lost a tree 7 years ago in a very similar way. It’s very weird. They are fine one day, and laying on the side within minutes. I treated the soil with cornmeal to combat the problem.

  13. Lydia says:

    I agree with Farmer Amanda. Lexus.

  14. JS says:

    It’s finally started — angry about greenhouse gases and the awful pruning inflicted by TXU contractors, the trees have begun their all out war against the humans. Run, run for your lives!

  15. Jay says:

    I, for one, welcome our new arboreal overlords.

  16. Wes Mantooth says:

    Porsche Cayenne. Championship.

  17. Wes Mantooth says:

    @Jay: bonus points for you. Abortions for some, small American flags for others!

  18. Towski says:

    Four legs bad, two legs bad, no legs good!

  19. Zac Crain says:

    The winner (?) is…Lexus SUV. The RX model, I believe.

  20. Don in Austin says:

    Looks like a pecan, for which cotton root rot would be somewhat unusual. It could also be an ash in which case it was going to die sooner than later anyway. Or it could be something else but the leaves are not any more clear than the lexus.

  21. drew says:

    As someone who lives in a house underneath three old pecan trees (any of which could crush the house like a matchbox), I too am curious for more details as to what caused that tree to fall.
    Like Don said, from what I read last night it sounds like pecan trees are resistant to cotton root rot.

  22. Puddin'Tane says:

    The bark looks more like a Cottonwood but the leaves don’t- nor do they really look like Pecan.

    Strange. Must be a Water Oak.

  23. Don in Austin says:

    My guess is compound leaves, which eliminates Water Oak. WO is also a sandy soil species and I don’t think Zac lives in Arlington or Euless.

  24. Zac Crain says:

    I live near White Rock Lake (on the Arboretum side), if that helps.