GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It was a very close call for a man in Greensboro when a tree fell on his car as he was driving on Jefferson Road.
The man made it out with minor back pains, but the tree took out a power pole and started a small fire Tuesday evening.
“It appears this tree was an accident waiting to happen,” said Penelope Phillips, a Jefferson Road resident.
Phillips says she called the City of Greensboro concerned about all the old trees leaning over the road. Dulcie Rode, another neighbor, says she contacted the city too.
“I'm worried that someone is going to get really badly hurt,” said Rode. “I'm just worried someone walking up and down Jefferson -- the tree could have fallen on them!”
Judson Clinton, Greensboro City Arborist, says he knows there are problematic trees in the area, but they are on Guilford College’s property.
“It would be the city's responsibility if the tree is on the city's property, if it's publicly owned or in the city’s right of way,” said Clinton.
Clinton says they can take immediate action, but there has to be an obvious imminent threat. In this case, city officials say they called Duke Energy, and then Duke notified Guilford College.
“Someone really needs to come out here and take care of this situation, because it is bad,” said Phillips.
All neighbors know is no one is taking action.
“It's just ridiculously dangerous on all levels,” said Rode.
The City of Greensboro says there are two easy ways to tell them when there are hazards on public property. Residents are encouraged to call 336-373-CITY or use the city’s free smartphone app called “Greensboro Fix It.”