Motorists in Walsall faced delays at rush hour this morning after a large tree fell on to a main road.
Police were called out to Sutton Road near Queen Mary’s Grammar School to direct traffic on the dual carriageway as Walsall Council worked to remove the fallen tree.
Philip Lines, finance director at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, said: “It was a massive tree. Someone said it had fallen at around 7.30am.
“I don’t think anyone was injured. It blocked the road but the police seemed to be handling the situation.” He added that parents dropping children off would have been affected by delays caused by the tree.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, Walsall Council deputy leader, said one of the two lanes blocked by the tree was reopened by 9am, but that the second lane was not expected to be cleared until this afternoon.
“We got a call before 8am telling us that a tree had fallen onto the dual carriageway in Sutton Road,” said Councillor Andrew.
“When we got there we found the police were already there and the tree had blocked both lanes which run from Walsall town centre heading towards Broadway. Traffic coming in the other direction was unaffected.
“By 9am we had re-opened one of the two Broadway-bound lanes and traffic was back moving freely.
“We expect the remaining carriageway to be removed by early afternoon.
“We got there, sorted it very quickly and thankfully no-one was injured.”