Yesterday (28th), at No. 35 Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, near Kowloon Park, a tree branch with ancient trees collapsed and hit two cars. A branch with a diameter of about 5 meters by 2 meters broke on the side of the road and hit a taxi passing by. As well as a light truck, firefighters arrived at the scene to assist in removing the branches. No one was injured in the accident.
After "Hong Kong 01" checked with the Architectural Services Department, it was confirmed that the tree was an ancient and famous tree in the "Tree Register". According to the "Tree Register" website, the camphor tree in this lot is 10-15 meters high and the crown is 12-30 wide. Meters, the most recent inspection date is April 14 this year.
According to the Architectural Services Department, the tree is a camphor tree (scientific name: Cinnamomum camphora), about 130 years old.
The Architectural Services Department used the "Tree Risk Assessment Form 2" in the "Guidelines for Tree Risk Assessment and Management Arrangements" in March this year to conduct a detailed inspection and risk assessment of the ancient and famous tree, and conducted a review in April. The condition of the trees is stable.
After the accident happened yesterday (28th), the Architectural Services Department has arranged for an arborist to conduct a preliminary inspection of the tree. The arborist believes that the condition of the tree is stable.
The Architectural Services Department stated that it will arrange for further detailed inspections by arborists as soon as possible, including the use of a lift platform to conduct high-altitude inspections, investigate the cause of the broken branches and determine the corresponding follow-up work.
As for the ancient and famous trees in the vicinity, the Architectural Services Department has also arranged for an arborist to inspect the trees. The condition of the trees is initially considered stable.
The Architectural Services Department will conduct a detailed inspection and risk assessment of these ancient and famous trees next week using the "Tree Risk Assessment Form 2".
Tsim Sha Tsui collapsed tree branches hit two vehicles and firefighters arrived at the scene to assist in removal