Western Avenue closed as fallen tree and telegraph pole land on dad's car

Bournemouth Echo: Dad's lucky escape as fallen tree and telegraph pole land on car Dad's lucky escape as fallen tree and telegraph pole land on car

A FATHER and daughter had a lucky escape after a tree and telegraph pole smashed into their vehicle in Poole this morning.

Nick Holmes was driving his daughter Bethany, 15, to the bus stop in Penn Hill around 7.20am when the terrifying incident took place in Branksome Park.

The pair were just seconds out of their drive when Nick, not seeing the fallen silver birch, drove straight into its branches in Western Avenue.

Moments later a telegraph pole hit the Land Rover Defender.

Despite significant damage to the vehicle, including a smashed windscreen and damaged roof, the pair were unhurt, although both shaken.

Nick said: “I drive this route every day. There was a Winnebago parked at the side of the road in Western Avenue, I drove past it and suddenly saw there was a tree hanging off the back of the Winnebago.

“I just didn't see it until that moment. I hit the branches and told my daughter to duck as I didn't want her to get hurt. There was a telegraph pole across the roof, which we hit as well.

“The tree branches hit the car and blinded us and then there was a God almighty thump.

“As I went through the branches it must have pulled the telegraph pole, which hit the roof of the car.

“If I'd been in another vehicle I dread to think what might have happened.

“Thankfully my daughter wasn't injured but obviously very shaken up by the whole thing. She hasn't gone to school.”

BT engineers and tree specialists from Poole Borough Council were on the scene dealing with the aftermath this morning.

The road was closed to allow the 20ft tree to be removed and the cables to be made safe.

An arborologist from Poole Council said both the tree and telegraph pole were rotten.

Western Avenue is now open to traffic.

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10:19am Fri 1 Feb 13

ben111 says...

A bit of Tcut will sort that out
A bit of Tcut will sort that out ben111

11:20am Fri 1 Feb 13

ol'bag lady says...

Poole Council said both the telegraph pole and tree were rotten. It took this incident to discover that - obviously not inspected regularly then?
Poole Council said both the telegraph pole and tree were rotten. It took this incident to discover that - obviously not inspected regularly then? ol'bag lady

12:42pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Arjay says...

ben111 wrote:
A bit of Tcut will sort that out
Going to need the the larger size tin, I suspect.......
[quote][p][bold]ben111[/bold] wrote: A bit of Tcut will sort that out[/p][/quote]Going to need the the larger size tin, I suspect....... Arjay

1:24pm Fri 1 Feb 13

speedy231278 says...

Not the first tree that's come down recently. Ironically recently the local councils have been decimating trees all over the place because they are 'unsafe' despite looking perfectly healthy. Perhaps they've been killing off the wrong ones?
Not the first tree that's come down recently. Ironically recently the local councils have been decimating trees all over the place because they are 'unsafe' despite looking perfectly healthy. Perhaps they've been killing off the wrong ones? speedy231278

1:39pm Fri 1 Feb 13

madras says...

I'd hate to think what that would have done to a less robust car

But a small point to the echo that the fallen tree did not land on his car, only the telegraph pole - the fallen tree was already in the road (although he did drive into it)
I'd hate to think what that would have done to a less robust car But a small point to the echo that the fallen tree did not land on his car, only the telegraph pole - the fallen tree was already in the road (although he did drive into it) madras

4:26pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Morrigan says...

Why, oh why does the Echo persist in allowing inaccurate titles/reporting in this paper?

The tree *did not* fall on his car - it was already fallen (onto a parked vehicle) - and he drove into the branches.

Newspapers are supposed to report events that actually happen - not embroider or over elaborate the facts for shock factor headlines - leave that to the Sun and similar tabloids *please* :o/
Why, oh why does the Echo persist in allowing inaccurate titles/reporting in this paper? The tree *did not* fall on his car - it was already fallen (onto a parked vehicle) - and he drove into the branches. Newspapers are supposed to report events that actually happen - not embroider or over elaborate the facts for shock factor headlines - leave that to the Sun and similar tabloids *please* :o/ Morrigan

4:51pm Fri 1 Feb 13

John T says...

Morrigan wrote:
Why, oh why does the Echo persist in allowing inaccurate titles/reporting in this paper?

The tree *did not* fall on his car - it was already fallen (onto a parked vehicle) - and he drove into the branches.

Newspapers are supposed to report events that actually happen - not embroider or over elaborate the facts for shock factor headlines - leave that to the Sun and similar tabloids *please* :o/
Perhaps the Echo were just trying to raise the roof. After all, another pole had just landed in Poole!
[quote][p][bold]Morrigan[/bold] wrote: Why, oh why does the Echo persist in allowing inaccurate titles/reporting in this paper? The tree *did not* fall on his car - it was already fallen (onto a parked vehicle) - and he drove into the branches. Newspapers are supposed to report events that actually happen - not embroider or over elaborate the facts for shock factor headlines - leave that to the Sun and similar tabloids *please* :o/[/p][/quote]Perhaps the Echo were just trying to raise the roof. After all, another pole had just landed in Poole! John T

6:26pm Fri 1 Feb 13

portia6 says...

Glad no-one was hurt!
Glad no-one was hurt! portia6

6:39pm Fri 1 Feb 13

apm1954 says...

was that tree cut
was that tree cut apm1954

6:41pm Fri 1 Feb 13

apm1954 says...

lucky people
lucky people apm1954

8:17pm Fri 1 Feb 13

BIGTONE says...

ol'bag lady wrote:
Poole Council said both the telegraph pole and tree were rotten. It took this incident to discover that - obviously not inspected regularly then?
the pothole syndrome....wait until damage then do something.
[quote][p][bold]ol'bag lady[/bold] wrote: Poole Council said both the telegraph pole and tree were rotten. It took this incident to discover that - obviously not inspected regularly then?[/p][/quote]the pothole syndrome....wait until damage then do something. BIGTONE

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