Little girl's escape from tree crushed car 'a miracle'

Little girl's escape from tree crushed car 'a miracle'

The car crushed by the tree in Freemantle Common Road. Picture by Tracey Clouder

The car crushed by the tree in Freemantle Common Road. Picture by Tracey Clouder

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HOW did she survive this?

That is the question being asked today after a toddler was trapped in the back seat of a car crushed by a 50ft tree.

As reported by the Daily Echo last night, amazingly the frightened two-year-old girl escaped unharmed from the wreckage of the people carrier after the beech tree came crashing down on top of it amid ferocious high winds yesterday.

The vehicle was being driven by Corinne Isaacs, a 44-year-old childminder, who was on the school run in Freemantle Common Road, Southampton, driving towards Spring Road when the tree came down.

The girl, described as “very distressed”, was in the back of the car pinned by her legs when a branch broke through the window.

A Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service team freed her, cutting away the 10in thick branch.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance helicopter was at the scene as a precaution.

The girl was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital as a precaution but it is understood that she was not hurt.

Corinne and another toddler in the car, a girl aged one-and-a-half, escaped the vehicle before the rescue team arrived.

The childminder, of Peartree Avenue, was too distressed to talk about her ordeal last night.

But her daughter Hayley, 19, told the Daily Echo: “Mum said that she was doing the school run to pick up some of the other kids and as she was driving she heard a creaking.

“She had to smash the window to get out and reach the children and then she phoned one of her friends to come and help her.

“My mum is really shaken up and the ambulance staff think she might have whiplash.

“It’s definitely a miracle escape. Now I think everyone is just taking some time to calm down.”

The tree was removed along with another 40ft beech and it is understood that the area will be assessed by council environment officers.

Local residents said there have been fears over the trees in the area for some time.

Ambulance worker Honor Squibb, of Magnolia Road, said: “I think the council need to really look at these trees now. They’ve started cutting one of them down at the top of the Common. After today they all need to be cut down.”

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12:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

speedicut says...

“I think the council need to really look at these trees now. They’ve started cutting one of them down at the top of the Common. After today they all need to be cut down.”

Uh. Huh. We're going to ban trees now?
“I think the council need to really look at these trees now. They’ve started cutting one of them down at the top of the Common. After today they all need to be cut down.” Uh. Huh. We're going to ban trees now? speedicut
  • Score: 22

2:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Smartiepants says...

Yes, lets cut all the trees down because this sort of thing happens all the time doesn't it. If you cut them all down we'll all be subject to a massive amount of flooding. A mature Oak can drink 60 gallons of water in the spring/ summer months and their network of roots can prevent landslides.
Yes, lets cut all the trees down because this sort of thing happens all the time doesn't it. If you cut them all down we'll all be subject to a massive amount of flooding. A mature Oak can drink 60 gallons of water in the spring/ summer months and their network of roots can prevent landslides. Smartiepants
  • Score: 14

11:30pm Thu 13 Feb 14

beesdee says...

How I miss hyphens!
I guess they don't teach that sort of thing at journalism school any more.
'Tree-crushed' I mean, obviously.
How I miss hyphens! I guess they don't teach that sort of thing at journalism school any more. 'Tree-crushed' I mean, obviously. beesdee
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6:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

aaaaaahhhh panic! panic! the nasty trees are coming to get us. calm down love, the reason that flooding is such a massive problem at the moment is because over the years more and more trees have been cut down in the name of progress, new housing etc and not been replaced, in waterlogged grounds that would have previously been soaked up by the trees. its unfortunate that this poor lady was driving in the wrong place at the wrong time and I hope that she and the children recover quickly from their ordeal.
aaaaaahhhh panic! panic! the nasty trees are coming to get us. calm down love, the reason that flooding is such a massive problem at the moment is because over the years more and more trees have been cut down in the name of progress, new housing etc and not been replaced, in waterlogged grounds that would have previously been soaked up by the trees. its unfortunate that this poor lady was driving in the wrong place at the wrong time and I hope that she and the children recover quickly from their ordeal. Tenderhearts wife
  • Score: 3

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