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Massive downed tree blocks morning midtown traffic

Crews work to clear J Street after tree breaks and blocks all lanes

A large tree on the lawn of Memorial Auditorium on J Street between 15th and 16th streets in downtown Sacramento broke about midway up its length on Monday, June 12, 2017. The top half of the tree fell into J Street, block all lanes and causing sn
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A large tree on the lawn of Memorial Auditorium on J Street between 15th and 16th streets in downtown Sacramento broke about midway up its length on Monday, June 12, 2017. The top half of the tree fell into J Street, block all lanes and causing sn

A massive tree has fallen across the intersection of J and 16th streets, blocking traffic early Monday morning.

The cause of the tree fall is unknown.

Sacramento police officers are at the scene to direct traffic, said police spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein. No injuries have been reported.

Sacramento city crews are handling clean-up, but officials don’t know when the street will be cleared, Heinlein said.

As of 9:45 a.m., two city crews were still working to clear the area and evaluate the situation, according to city spokeswoman Marycon Young. By 11 a.m., the area had been cleared, Young said.

Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks: 916-321-1418, @ayoonhendricks

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