Sheffield man crushed to death by falling tree

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A MAN from Sheffield was crushed to death and two women were injured when a falling tree smashed through their cars.

Doctors desperately tried to save the 64-year-old driver after the tree came down on the vehicles on the A332 Windsor Road near the Ascot racecourse, in Berkshire, yesterday in storms and heavy winds.

But he was pronounced dead after been flown to Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, Surrey, by air ambulance.

A woman in her 60s, who was a passenger in the grey Ford Mondeo, had treatment for ‘non-serious’ injuries.

The female driver of the second car, a blue Mini, had to be cut free from the vehicle’s wreckage by fire crews.

Her condition in hospital is not thought to be life-threatening.

Firefighter Steve Blackman added: “Obviously he (the driver) was a very poorly man so the helicopter rushed him away.

“The woman in the Mini was very lucky, if she had been in the passenger side she might not be here now.”

Last night emergency services remained at the scene and council staff were there to organise the removal of the fallen tree.

A police spokesman said: “A woman from the Mini has been taken to hospital for treatment after being freed from the vehicle by the fire service. Her condition is not believed to be life threatening.

“The driver of the Mondeo, a 64-year-old man from Sheffield, was also taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”