VIDEO: Storm Frank brings tree down onto road causing traffic chaos

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Drivers were stuck in standstill traffic in Nottinghamshire this morning (December 30) after strong winds ripped down a tree and lamppost across a main road.

Highways and police were called to the B600 Alfreton Road, in Selston, at about 7.10am when the 50 foot tree fell, bringing down a lamppost and cables near to the Barrows Hill Lane junction.

The remains of a tree which was blown over by strong winds on Alfreton Road - causing traffic chaos

The remains of a tree which was blown over by strong winds on Alfreton Road - causing traffic chaos

This caused a back-log of traffic in both directions up to the B6016.

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David Clay, 60, of Alfreton Road, who owned the tree, said he heard a loud noise outside but it took him a while to realise what had happened.

He said: “I just heard a loud cracking noise and thought it was the dustbin falling over.

The remains of a tree which was blown over by strong winds on Alfreton Road - causing traffic chaos

The remains of a tree which was blown over by strong winds on Alfreton Road - causing traffic chaos

“But when I looked out of the window I noticed I could now see the house across the road.

“The tree was really big and there was a bus that just couldn’t get past it.”

David added that the police response was really fast.

When the tree was eventually off the road, Highways helped to chop it up and clear the pavement.

A county Council spokeman said: “Council workers out this morning noticed the fallen tre.

“It’s a private tree, which fell into the road, and did fall onto an adjacent lamp column which has now been made safe.

“We were able to clear the road relatively quickly - in around an hour.”

(He also said no power cables affected,hanging as far as they know, in case you need to remove anything like that?)

The road was fully clear by 11am.

Heavy winds have ripped through the rest of the region as the East Midlands gets the ‘edge’ of Storm Frank.

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Have you been affected by the storm? Send your pictures and videos to danielle.hayden@jpress.co.uk

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