This towering timber took a tumble onto two cars along Portland's Park Blocks on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

This towering timber took a tumble onto two cars along Portland’s Park Blocks on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

Dana Haynes/Portland Tribune

A 100-year-old tree fell in the Park Blocks … and plenty of people heard it!

Neighbors living near the corner of Southwest Park Avenue and Clay Street thought they’d overheard a car crash on Saturday, Feb. 9 — but when they rushed outside, they discovered that a leafless sentinel had taken a tumble onto two parked cars.

“No forewarning, no wind or anything like that. Just heard a big crash,” local resident Michael Williams told KOIN 6 News, the Tribune’s media partner. “All the car alarms went off.”

Parks officials say the American elm tree was “well over” 100 years old and may date back to the first plantings in the Park Blocks in 1879.

Read the whole story at the Portland Tribune.