Police and tractors tackle huge fallen tree blocking busy road in Blackpool

A large tree fell into the middle of a busy road in Blackpool yesterday evening (Monday, June 14).

By Matthew Calderbank
Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 12:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 1:24 pm

The giant elm crashed to the ground in Whitegate Drive at around 7pm, forcing police to close the road for more than two hours.

A tractor was brought to the scene to help remove the tree, which had blocked the road between Knowsley Avenue and Beechfield Avenue.

Pictures sent to the Gazette show the top part of the giant elm tree had split, causing the bulk of its thick canopy to tumble onto the road and pavement.

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Fortunately, no-one has been injured in the collapse, though a bus stop is located just yards away.

The stricken elm, which is rooted in the grounds of an apartment block, panicked residents who feared for their cars parked just feet away. Part of the tree did fall into the private car park but no vehicles have been damaged.

The collapse left branches and foliage strewn across the road, forcing Blackpool s service 4 bus to divert southbound via Condor Grove and Park Road.

The tree has since been chopped and cleared and Whitegate Drive has fully reopened.

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