Huge tree falls onto busy Blackpool road blocking traffic

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Police and a tractor have been called to deal with the tree on Whitegate Drive

 

Whitegate Drive is closed
Whitegate Drive is closed

A huge tree has fallen onto a busy road in Blackpool tonight, completely blocking traffic.

Whitegate Drive is shut between Knowsley Avenue and Beechfield Avenue with police and a tractor at the scene.

Pictures sent to LancsLive show the giant elm tree split in half with eyewitnesses saying it sounded like an ‘explosion’.

Half of the tree fell onto the busy road, near the medical centre, with machinery being used to chop it into smaller pieces for removal.

The tree is understood to be rooted in the grounds of a former school which is now a private housing development.

The tree collapse left leaves and branches also strewn across the road and pavement leaving it impassible to motorists and pedestrians.

Police and a tractor are at the scene to deal with the tree
Police and a tractor are at the scene to deal with the tree

Police are reportedly at the scene to redirect traffic and no injuries have been reported.

No estimate has been given for when he road will reopen.