Inquest after man crushed

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AN INQUEST was expected to be opened today into the death of a South Yorkshire man crushed to death when a tree landed on top of his car in strong winds.

The 64-year-old, who has not yet been named, was from Aston, Rotherham.

He was killed near Ascot racecourse in Berkshire as storms and winds battered the south of the country on Friday.

Police said the tree landed on two cars - seriously injuring the South Yorkshire man and trapping the woman who had been driving the other car.

The South Yorkshire man was airlifted to hospital but could not be saved. His passenger, a woman in her 60s, escaped without serious injury.

The driver of the other car had to be cut free from the wreckage of her vehicle by firefighters.

It is believed she swerved to avoid the tree but ended up flipping her car - a Mini - onto its roof. She was taken to hospital but is not believed to have suffered life threatening injuries.