Tree crashes down onto Smart car in Southbourne

Tree crashes down onto Smart car

Tree crashes down onto Smart car

UPDATE: Tree crashes down onto Smart car

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A tree crashed down onto a Smart car in Southbourne overnight.

Residents awoke to the sight of the tree on top of the smashed car in Carlyle Road at the junction of Collingbourne Avenue this morning.

Owner of the car, Yasmin Fernandez said the drama happened around 5am.

“We heard a large bang and thought it was thunder or something like that. We looked out of the window and saw the tree covering the car. It was unbelievable.”

Yasmin, 24, added: “It's pretty devastating as I have only had the car less than a year and although it wasn't brand new, it was not that old. It's obviously a write off.

“But at least I wasn't it the car at the time. No-one was hurt and that's the main thing.”

Yasmin said she thought the tree, an oak, was up to 200 years old.

“It's amazing that it survived that incredible storm a few weeks ago and then it comes down in good weather on a calm night.”

The tree had been situated in the garden of a property across the road.

Ironically, Yasmin, who lives with her fiancé Jimmy, works as a customer services adviser for an insurance company - household though, not motor.

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8:18am Thu 17 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

It is a man bites dog headline

Usually the car crashes into a tree
It is a man bites dog headline Usually the car crashes into a tree Lord Spring
  • Score: 12

8:50am Thu 17 Apr 14

Controversial But True says...

Smart tree.......!
Smart tree.......! Controversial But True
  • Score: 5

8:57am Thu 17 Apr 14

boverboy says...

If the car was that smart it would have got out of the way!
If the car was that smart it would have got out of the way! boverboy
  • Score: 12

9:04am Thu 17 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

How unlucky is that, if the car had been a couple feet further forward the tree would have missed it.

I wonder what responsibility lays with the owner of the garden the tree was in? Are they obliged in any way to get trees inspected after heavy storms to check for damage?
How unlucky is that, if the car had been a couple feet further forward the tree would have missed it. I wonder what responsibility lays with the owner of the garden the tree was in? Are they obliged in any way to get trees inspected after heavy storms to check for damage? BarrHumbug
  • Score: -4

9:30am Thu 17 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

Next headline 'it could have killed me'

If the owner decided to leave for work at a time she never left before the tree could have crushed her....
Next headline 'it could have killed me' If the owner decided to leave for work at a time she never left before the tree could have crushed her.... hooplaa
  • Score: 12

10:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

hooplaa wrote:
Next headline 'it could have killed me'

If the owner decided to leave for work at a time she never left before the tree could have crushed her....
No, usually those sorts of headlines come from people who contact the paper to tell them their no news stories "My children could have been blinded by smutty dvd" that sort of thing?
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: Next headline 'it could have killed me' If the owner decided to leave for work at a time she never left before the tree could have crushed her....[/p][/quote]No, usually those sorts of headlines come from people who contact the paper to tell them their no news stories "My children could have been blinded by smutty dvd" that sort of thing? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 9

10:57am Thu 17 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
How unlucky is that, if the car had been a couple feet further forward the tree would have missed it.

I wonder what responsibility lays with the owner of the garden the tree was in? Are they obliged in any way to get trees inspected after heavy storms to check for damage?
It was the councils once upon a time but Maggie may have changed that.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: How unlucky is that, if the car had been a couple feet further forward the tree would have missed it. I wonder what responsibility lays with the owner of the garden the tree was in? Are they obliged in any way to get trees inspected after heavy storms to check for damage?[/p][/quote]It was the councils once upon a time but Maggie may have changed that. Lord Spring
  • Score: 2

11:20am Thu 17 Apr 14

smhinto says...

I see the Smart car company is 'branching' out into new areas.
I see the Smart car company is 'branching' out into new areas. smhinto
  • Score: -4

12:12pm Thu 17 Apr 14

JamesBond0070 says...

Although a very unfortunate accident, it looks like it could have been a survivable incident, showing that perhaps the safety structure in the car around any occupant could be effective on some occasions.
Although a very unfortunate accident, it looks like it could have been a survivable incident, showing that perhaps the safety structure in the car around any occupant could be effective on some occasions. JamesBond0070
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Thu 17 Apr 14

djd says...

The limbs of the tree were creaking but the Smart car didn't twig what was happening......some Smart car !!
The limbs of the tree were creaking but the Smart car didn't twig what was happening......some Smart car !! djd
  • Score: -2

12:39pm Thu 17 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

Not convinced the story required a close up video clip of the tree but I do now have the urge to eat a chocolate bar ;)
Not convinced the story required a close up video clip of the tree but I do now have the urge to eat a chocolate bar ;) BarrHumbug
  • Score: -3

12:51pm Thu 17 Apr 14

MikeGB says...

Maybe the winters storms did unseen damage and weakened the tree, and the growth of leaves were the straw that broke the camel's back
Maybe the winters storms did unseen damage and weakened the tree, and the growth of leaves were the straw that broke the camel's back MikeGB
  • Score: 3

1:52pm Thu 17 Apr 14

KLH says...

Should have bought a Volvo - tree would have come off worse....
Should have bought a Volvo - tree would have come off worse.... KLH
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Jimbob2012 says...

This seems to be filed under 'news' .
Poor example of news and poorly written, not even been proof read
"“But at least I wasn't it the car at the time."
This seems to be filed under 'news' . Poor example of news and poorly written, not even been proof read "“But at least I wasn't it the car at the time." Jimbob2012
  • Score: 1

2:54pm Thu 17 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

They are very small those Smart cars......you can fit them in a trunk.......
They are very small those Smart cars......you can fit them in a trunk....... BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Mike R-B says...

Was the tree found to be "diseased"?
Was the tree found to be "diseased"? Mike R-B
  • Score: -1

9:26pm Thu 17 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
How unlucky is that, if the car had been a couple feet further forward the tree would have missed it.

I wonder what responsibility lays with the owner of the garden the tree was in? Are they obliged in any way to get trees inspected after heavy storms to check for damage?
Yes. Forestry Commission guidelines are for trees to be inspected once a year (more frequently if it's showing disease or damage that might cause further problems) and after any weather that could cause or worsen damage.

I've just taken an apple tree down because I found rotten timber at the base. Leaving it up wasn't an option as if it did fall it would have taken out my, or my partner's car, (or both), or would have fallen into a busy road. It wasn't anywhere near as big as the one in the story, though.

I suspect the owner's household insurance will cover the damage, and as long as the tree's owner took reasonable .care to ensure it was safe he's unlikely to be charged with negligence. The owner can (and should) check that a tree is not likely to fall over, but no-one can guarantee that it definitely won't.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: How unlucky is that, if the car had been a couple feet further forward the tree would have missed it. I wonder what responsibility lays with the owner of the garden the tree was in? Are they obliged in any way to get trees inspected after heavy storms to check for damage?[/p][/quote]Yes. Forestry Commission guidelines are for trees to be inspected once a year (more frequently if it's showing disease or damage that might cause further problems) and after any weather that could cause or worsen damage. I've just taken an apple tree down because I found rotten timber at the base. Leaving it up wasn't an option as if it did fall it would have taken out my, or my partner's car, (or both), or would have fallen into a busy road. It wasn't anywhere near as big as the one in the story, though. I suspect the owner's household insurance will cover the damage, and as long as the tree's owner took reasonable .care to ensure it was safe he's unlikely to be charged with negligence. The owner can (and should) check that a tree is not likely to fall over, but no-one can guarantee that it definitely won't. JackJohnson
  • Score: -2

1:35am Sun 20 Apr 14

guisselle says...

Mike R-B wrote:
Was the tree found to be "diseased"?
deceased
[quote][p][bold]Mike R-B[/bold] wrote: Was the tree found to be "diseased"?[/p][/quote]deceased guisselle
  • Score: 0

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