Ask 13: Is leaning tree a danger to those who travel West Asheville street?

"If the tree, at about a 45 degree angle, falls on the road it is hanging over, it could kill someone. It will take out the power lines and possibly the transformer," Laurita Liles wrote to Ask 13. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A tree that appears to be hanging precariously over a West Asheville street has some people worried.

The bulk of the tree, which has a bit of a lean too it, looms over Alabama Avenue, and that worried a viewer.

"If the tree, at about a 45 degree angle, falls on the road it is hanging over, it could kill someone. It will take out the power lines and possibly the transformer," Laurita Liles wrote to Ask 13.

The tree also appears to be resting on utility lines, which look like they're growing into it.

Asheville officials sent an arborist to check the situation..

According to city communications specialist Polly McDaniel, the arborist said, "This is a live cherry tree, and this species of tree does tend to lean."

He said tree appears to have been leaning in this direction for about 10 years or so and does not appear to pose any urgent situation.

Arborist Mark Foster seems to think the tree is still healthy and not likely to pose a danger. He did say he will continue to monitor the situation.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@wlos.com.

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