Toddler rescued as tree crashes down on car in Freemantle Common Road in Southampton

Toddler rescued as tree crashes down on car. Photo by Kit Ship

Toddler rescued as tree crashes down on car. Photo by Kit Ship

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A YOUNG girl had to be rescued today after a tree crashed down on top of a car.

The two-year-old was freed from the car by Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, after the 50ft beech tree smashed down across Freemantle Common Road in Southampton.

The people carrier was being driven by a childminder along towards Spring Road when the tree came down.

The girl was in the back of the car and was trapped by a branch which came through the window and over her legs.

The rescue team had to cut away a 10-inch thick branch in order to release the girl, who has been described as "very distressed".

The childminder and another toddler in the car had managed to escape the vehicle before the rescue teams arrived.

The incident happened at 2.20pm and the girl was taken to Southampton General Hospital as a precaution.

Two appliances from Hightown, a Special Equipment Unit from Redbridge and the Urban Search and Rescue Chainsaw Team was also called to the scene, although they were not used.

Crew manager Alan Miller, said: "When we turned up and saw the size of the tree and how it had fallen on the car, I thought we would have trouble getting her out.

"It was difficult to keep her calm as she was obviously very distressed."

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6:35pm Wed 12 Feb 14

wookie86 says...

I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.
I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again. wookie86
  • Score: -34

6:53pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Adrian Smith* says...

wookie86 wrote:
I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.
No, they mean crashed as they have written. Have you not seen the state of the black car in the photo at the top of the page? It's completely crushed!

I'd argue that makes it fair to say the tree crashed down on it, rather than just fell.
[quote][p][bold]wookie86[/bold] wrote: I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.[/p][/quote]No, they mean crashed as they have written. Have you not seen the state of the black car in the photo at the top of the page? It's completely crushed! I'd argue that makes it fair to say the tree crashed down on it, rather than just fell. Adrian Smith*
  • Score: 16

6:57pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Adrian Smith* wrote:
wookie86 wrote:
I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.
No, they mean crashed as they have written. Have you not seen the state of the black car in the photo at the top of the page? It's completely crushed!

I'd argue that makes it fair to say the tree crashed down on it, rather than just fell.
And who cares whether it crashed, fell or has fallen. The tree hit the car.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Smith*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wookie86[/bold] wrote: I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.[/p][/quote]No, they mean crashed as they have written. Have you not seen the state of the black car in the photo at the top of the page? It's completely crushed! I'd argue that makes it fair to say the tree crashed down on it, rather than just fell.[/p][/quote]And who cares whether it crashed, fell or has fallen. The tree hit the car. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 22

7:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

CapeMan says...

wookie86 wrote:
I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.
They've excelled themselves in this story..... "an special equipment unit." Surely the DE will sack someone soon for allowing all this to be published.
[quote][p][bold]wookie86[/bold] wrote: I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.[/p][/quote]They've excelled themselves in this story..... "an special equipment unit." Surely the DE will sack someone soon for allowing all this to be published. CapeMan
  • Score: -28

7:26pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Schmeggles says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
Adrian Smith* wrote:
wookie86 wrote:
I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.
No, they mean crashed as they have written. Have you not seen the state of the black car in the photo at the top of the page? It's completely crushed!

I'd argue that makes it fair to say the tree crashed down on it, rather than just fell.
And who cares whether it crashed, fell or has fallen. The tree hit the car.
I think you're all missing the point here, who cares whether it crashed, fell or crushed, what the devil is a porecaution?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Smith*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wookie86[/bold] wrote: I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.[/p][/quote]No, they mean crashed as they have written. Have you not seen the state of the black car in the photo at the top of the page? It's completely crushed! I'd argue that makes it fair to say the tree crashed down on it, rather than just fell.[/p][/quote]And who cares whether it crashed, fell or has fallen. The tree hit the car.[/p][/quote]I think you're all missing the point here, who cares whether it crashed, fell or crushed, what the devil is a porecaution? Schmeggles
  • Score: -23

7:33pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Adrian Smith* says...

CapeMan wrote:
wookie86 wrote:
I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.
They've excelled themselves in this story..... "an special equipment unit." Surely the DE will sack someone soon for allowing all this to be published.
Sacked for a typo? Really? A girl is lucky to be alive and you're worried about a rogue "n". Well done you. Aren't you clever.
[quote][p][bold]CapeMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wookie86[/bold] wrote: I think you meant fallen. The Daily Echos spell checker strikes again.[/p][/quote]They've excelled themselves in this story..... "an special equipment unit." Surely the DE will sack someone soon for allowing all this to be published.[/p][/quote]Sacked for a typo? Really? A girl is lucky to be alive and you're worried about a rogue "n". Well done you. Aren't you clever. Adrian Smith*
  • Score: 49

7:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Zootopian says...

All of the posters above are some of the most cretinous I have ever seen on here, concerned more with their own self-perceived importance by pointing out minor spelling errors (not that I can actually find them in the article, making me suspect they aren't there) rather than focusing on the important matters at hand.

The votes for each post suggest to me that most other readers agree with me and don't really care about your literary greatness as Internet commenters - we just want to know the girl is ok.
All of the posters above are some of the most cretinous I have ever seen on here, concerned more with their own self-perceived importance by pointing out minor spelling errors (not that I can actually find them in the article, making me suspect they aren't there) rather than focusing on the important matters at hand. The votes for each post suggest to me that most other readers agree with me and don't really care about your literary greatness as Internet commenters - we just want to know the girl is ok. Zootopian
  • Score: 51

8:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

****Missy**** says...

I know the childminder and 1 of the children involvwd in this awful incident. Luckily they are all ok. If u have nothing to comment thats worth reading don't comment at all you imbecile.
I know the childminder and 1 of the children involvwd in this awful incident. Luckily they are all ok. If u have nothing to comment thats worth reading don't comment at all you imbecile. ****Missy****
  • Score: 38

8:36pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Starbrite says...

****Missy**** wrote:
I know the childminder and 1 of the children involvwd in this awful incident. Luckily they are all ok. If u have nothing to comment thats worth reading don't comment at all you imbecile.
I also know them all Missy and I am so glad that they are all okay. I am so glad that it was not worse, The childminder involved must be so shaken up and my heart goes out to them and their families.
[quote][p][bold]****Missy****[/bold] wrote: I know the childminder and 1 of the children involvwd in this awful incident. Luckily they are all ok. If u have nothing to comment thats worth reading don't comment at all you imbecile.[/p][/quote]I also know them all Missy and I am so glad that they are all okay. I am so glad that it was not worse, The childminder involved must be so shaken up and my heart goes out to them and their families. Starbrite
  • Score: 26

10:08am Thu 13 Feb 14

Gozza1 says...

I think the reason the smelling pistakes aren't there any more is that this comments section IS the Daily Echo spellchecker - they post the story unchecked, come back an hour or so later and read the comments, and correct the errors. It's cheaper than employing journalists with a reasonable standard of written English.
As for the story - of course we all feel sympathy for the people concerned, and of course we're all relieved there were no serious injuries - doesn't stop us having an opinion on other things.
I think the reason the smelling pistakes aren't there any more is that this comments section IS the Daily Echo spellchecker - they post the story unchecked, come back an hour or so later and read the comments, and correct the errors. It's cheaper than employing journalists with a reasonable standard of written English. As for the story - of course we all feel sympathy for the people concerned, and of course we're all relieved there were no serious injuries - doesn't stop us having an opinion on other things. Gozza1
  • Score: -1

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