A woman driver had a lucky escape after a rotten tree fell on top of her car but she was able to walk away shaken yet without a scratch.

She was driving along the A56 Warrington Road, at Mickle Trafford, around lunchtime today (Tuesday, August 26) when the tree came down on the roof of her silver Skoda Octavia, denting the metalwork and smashing the back window.

 

Police closed the road and put diversions in place because the fallen tree stretched three-quarters of the way across the busy carriageway. Contractors later moved in to remove the debris.

Sergeant Andy Woodward of Cheshire police was alerted to the incident by a member of the public who ran up to him as he arrived for work at Mickle Trafford Police Station about 12.35pm.

He said: “The tree fell down across the road and struck the car. No-one was injured. One of the officers was going to try and drive the vehicle back to her home address on her behalf so by the sound of it, it wasn’t too badly damaged.

“She was a bit shaken and was taken home by a friend.”

Police officers also found a pigeon chick in the fallen tree which was handed over to the RSPCA. Chronicle photographer Ian Cooper was told at the scene that ivy growing on the tree had contributed towards it falling down.

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