Lucky escape after tree crashes on to woman, 20

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A woman miraculously escaped major injury after she was hit by a rotten tree which crashed down onto a busy Sheffield road.

The tree, at the side of Ecclesall Road opposite the junction with Pear Street, smashed down across the pavement as commuters were making their way to work yesterday.

Tree falls on woman on Ecclesall Road, opposite the junction with Pear Street

Tree falls on woman on Ecclesall Road, opposite the junction with Pear Street

A woman, aged 20, was hit as the tree fell just inches away from a bus stop.

Ambulance crews raced to the scene and were seen crowded around the woman by passers-by and nearby workers.

She was taken to Northern General Hospital with just a ‘minor’ head injury.

Greg Bird, manager of Champs bar opposite where the tree fell, said: “The tree was big enough to do damage if it hit someone. My chef came in this morning and told us he had just come round the corner and seen the tree lying across the road.

“I have been hoping to try to get another tree on that side of the road pulled down for a while, because it looks even more dead than the one which fell.

“It’s not had leaves on it for at least 18 months so it must be pretty dead.”

Paramedics received a call at 8.54am. A rapid response unit and ambulance attended, and an air ambulance was scrambled but then stood down as it was not required.

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: “The woman has a minor head injury, she has been very lucky.

“There was no work happening on the tree so it appears it has just rotted and fallen down.”

Police attended to check the scene at around 9.15am. Traffic travelling down Ecclesall Road towards the city centre was slowed but continued to move.

The tree was then cut into logs with a chainsaw and removed by Sheffield Council crews.

A council spokesman said the tree was on private property.

Staff attended at the request of the police to clear the highway for traffic and pedestrians, he added.