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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Tree crashes down onto busy Carlisle road

Eyewitnesses say it was lucky no-one was seriously hurt as a tree collapsed onto one of Carlisle’s busiest roads – narrowly missing oncoming vehicles.

Fallen tree photo
The tree on London Road, Carlisle

There are fears the fall on London Road could have been “catastrophic” and killed someone.

The large tree plunged from a steep embankment at Summerhill, near Chertsey Mount.

It had been leaning over London Road before snapping off and crashing into the busy carriageway near the B&Q superstore at about 8pm, according to one local man.

The eyewitness was driving along the road when he spotted police and fire crews ahead.

He said: “It was clear that a tree had fallen from the adjacent bank.

“It was a substantial tree that was leaning over the road and it had snapped off blocking one lane of the A6 (London Road).

“If there had been anyone on the footpath or a passing vehicle when the tree fell the results would have been catastrophic – resulting in a fatality.”

He also claimed the majority of the trees on the bank are unstable and lean heavily over the road – raising fears a similar collapse could happen again.

Emergency services reduced the road to a single carriageway while county council officials and specialist tree surgeons carried out emergency works.

Cumbria county and Carlisle city councillor Cyril Weber, who lives on London Road, said he didn’t know who owned the land the tree was on.

But he insisted that highways officials would be checking all the other trees in the area to avoid further collapses.

City councillor Lee Sherriff also lives near the scene of the collapse.

“I have lived around her for 20 years and have never known anything like this to happen before,” Ms Sherriff said.

“The county council are very vigilant at keeping an eye on the trees because safety is paramount – it was a freak thing.”

Cumbria County Council said one of its highways teams removed broken sections of a tree that had fallen and made the area safe for road users.

A spokesman added: “We will be carrying out a safety inspection of other trees in the area today.”

Cumbria police confirmed they were called to the scene just after 8pm.

The tree was blocking the pavement and one lane and patrols attended to assist with traffic.

Highways and a forestry company were called to remove the tree.

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