MOTORISTS faced delays this morning after a fallen tree blocked a road.

The tree fell near Egerton Park overnight resulting in the A666 Blackburn Road, Egerton, being closed in both directions during the rush hour.

Bolton North Fire Station contacted Bolton Council to remove the obstruction.

An eyewitness who lives opposite said the noise of the crashing tree awoke her at around 5.30am.

She said: "It was so lucky that there was no traffic at the time. The council have been outstanding this morning.

"The road was completely clear by approximately half-past eight and that was a sterling effort."