VIDEO: Skip hire truck clips tree causing large branch to fall on to BMW

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A car was damaged and a road closed after a dump truck cut a tree in Blackburn.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon (July 24th) when a skip loader hit a large branch on Walter Street in Audley, causing it to break. The branch fell on a parked BMW and caused significant property damage.

Emergency services have been alerted to resolve the incident.

An arborist was also called and the street cleared a few hours later.

A local resident who lives on the street spoke up saying he had warned the relevant authorities that the branch is hanging low and causing problems and no action has been taken.

Councilor Salim Sidat said, “I was in Preston when I was notified.

“I managed to get the arborist out of Leyland within 40 minutes to secure the tree and clear the road for traffic.

“I spoke to Luke the policeman who told me they had the Skip Company number and that there would be another investigation.”

Some vehicles park on the sidewalk to allow other traffic to pass due to the narrow stretches of road.

Cllr Altaf ‘Tiger’ Patel said he was spoken to with residents earlier this year about concerns: “I’ve brought this up before and it was just waiting for it to happen.

“This is something we talked about in my rounds. The road has now been cleared and the branches will be removed. ”

Zubair Valimulla said he raised concerns with Blackburn with Darwen Council earlier this month.

He said, “It could have been a lot worse as there are always children playing in the area and pedestrians walking.

“I am deeply disappointed with Blackburn Council as a local voter looking after this dangerous tree across from my house.

“I raised this issue with the council a little over two weeks ago and they replied via email that they did not think it was infected, even though I had reports from two independent tree surgeons with photos and evidence.

“I am deeply grateful to Councilor Tiger Patel that he was there immediately and provided much-needed assistance to the locals who were shocked by this incident.

“I am also very grateful to the Lancashire Constabulary Police for being there quickly and for arranging for the tree surgeon from Leyland to remove the tree and clear the blocked road.”