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Tree trouble for Ray's motor!
8:10am Thursday 14th June 2012 in News
A MAN had a lucky escape as a giant tree came crashing down in Tilbury last week.
The lime tree fell on top of a car in Sullivan Road as strong winds hit the borough on Friday.
Just 15 minutes earlier, Ray Smith, the owner of the Chrysler Voyager which had become buried beneath branches but escaped major damage, had been out walking his dogs.
A lamppost was also damaged by the tree as it toppled. A telephone wire had been ripped from a house opposite.
When Pauline Smith told her husband Ray, who live in Sullivan Road, what had happened, he didn’t believe her.
The 61-year-old said: “My wife told me a tree had fallen on the car. I told her to pull the other leg! I couldn’t believe it when I looked out and saw it. Thankfully the damage to the car doesn’t look too bad and no one was hurt.”
Tree surgeons came out to free the car by cutting up the tree, which had snapped from its roots.
Mr Smith said the tree, which was at least 20ft high, had been there since before the Tilbury flood of 1953.
Leaves and branches were strewn about the borough as strong winds hit last week, causing at least three trees to fall.
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