Fallen trees block road in Leicestershire village
The centre of a village was brought to an abrupt halt yesterday when two large yew trees fell across a busy road.
The trees, in the churchyard of St Catherine's, in Burbage, came down shortly before midday, blocking Hinckley Road – the main road through the centre of the village.
Witnesses said it was fortunate no one was hurt.
Contractors were soon hacking up the trees.
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However, the blockage of the road caused long delays for motorists.
Hinckley Road was closed between Forresters Road and Grove Road.
Pete Bedforde, 34, of Burbage, was driving home from Fosse Park when the trees came down ahead of his car.
He said: "There were about three cars and we were all about five seconds away from the trees when they came down.
"I've never seen anything like it. It was pretty scary. There was no wind or anything. It was lucky it didn't kill anyone.
"It's a busy road, so it's caused a few traffic problems."
Jeff Parratt, landlord of the Cross Keys pub, opposite the churchyard, said: "I didn't see it, but I heard it – just a loud crunching noise.
"The trees ended up lying right across the road and one pushed open the door of the cottage next door to us.
"Apart from the churchyard wall, I don't think they've done any damage."
A county council spokesman said: "We got the call at about 12.30pm yesterday.
"Our highway inspector got to the site at about 1pm and the police were already there and had closed the road.
"Burbage Parish Council is to cut up and remove the trees and its contractors were already on site when our highway inspector got to the site."
Update 11am: Leicestershire County Council reopened the road at 11am today. However, the footway outside the cemetery is still closed until further notice as the wall remains unsafe.