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Big Oak to be protected

December 02, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- Thomasville is taking extra precautions to protect one of its most famous landmarks.

The move comes after a truck crashed into the 320 year old tree early Wednesday morning and ripped off two of its largest limbs. There are already flashing signals warning drivers of the clearance height. Now, city officials say they'll install pipe-like overhangs that provide audible and physical warnings.

"It's our historic tree. It's sort of a namesake for the city and we feel that we need to protect it, and this is, the best way at this time, is to provide some tell tales," says Thomasville Spokesman, John Wood.

The driver of the truck that hit the tree was ticketed for failure to obey a traffic control device. The truck was three feet taller than the clearance height.

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