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Youngstown Christmas tree breaks, delivery delayed again

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It's a grinchy situation that means the spot where the downtown Youngstown Christmas tree was supposed to stand Wednesday morning is still empty. 
Crews were working Wednesday to cut down the big blue spruce tree that was set to be downtown's Christmas tree for the year. 

As it has done in years past, a crew from Diamond Steel and Construction was on the scene helping staff from the Youngstown Department of Parks and Recreation remove the tree and move it. 

The department of parks and recreation said, Diamond Steel has been doing this for years, however, no one could foresee this unexpected event coming. 

21 News crews on the scene said workers were attempting to load the tree onto a truck to move it when it broke. 

The 50-foot tall tree, weighing in at over 10,000 pounds, snapped. According to the Department of Parks and Recreation, the tree snapped because it had a double tree-top. 

The department of parks and recreation said they're still assessing the situation to determine what the next step is.

Dawn Turnage, the Youngstown City Park Director, explained to 21 WFMJ that the tree is not salvageable and that it is currently being chopped up and removed from the property.  

The city originally planned to transport the tree this past Friday, but an ice storm brought down so many power lines in the city, the event had to be postponed.

The tree was donated by Debbie and Bob Nestor of Struthers. The Nester's were sad and disappointed by the incident. 

The tree was scheduled to be the center of attention at an event Friday, November 30th, where the tree would be lit during the annual holiday parade. 

The department of parks and recreation does have a backup tree, but the location of the tree has not been disclosed yet. 

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