BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -The drive on Grants Mill Road South of I-459 and just past the Church of the Highlands campus in Irondale is a beautiful and picturesque drive that can remind you of a drive into the Smoky Mountains, but WBRC FOX6 viewer John Calhoun’s 24 years of experience working for Bellsouth taught him to look at these trees with a different set of eyes and what he saw was danger.
“That road really needs, it doesn’t need anymore dangers on it, that’s my philosophy on it,” Calhoun told us. “It’s dangerous enough don’t make it more dangerous.”
Calhoun reached out to our Call For Action team asking for our help to get this dead tree off the phone or cable lines and away from the road. Thousands of cars have been driving underneath this hazard for what he thinks is months - with the limb able to drop at any moment.
“I’m gonna say 2 or 3 years its been that way," Calhoun said.
We called AT&T to see if this was indeed its lines the tree was pushing on, and within 24 hours of our call AT&T had a crew out to remove the tree, and clear the lines.
“We have removed the tree. If customers have questions about any of our equipment, they can contact our 24-hour equipment service line at 1-800-288-2020,” AT&T told us.
“I really appreciate you, I don’t know who you talked to or how you got it done. I worry about people, literally there’s 8,000 vehicles a day on that road," Calhoun said. "What’re you gonna wait until somebody gets killed? No. If it saves one person’s life it’s worth it.”
The company says if you see a dangerous situation like this, call their 24-hour equipment service line.
If that doesn’t work, don’t hesitate to call our Call for Action team.