Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Van driver killed by falling tree

Emergency workers at the scene in Sandhurst Road, Tunbridge Wells

A van driver has died after his vehicle was crushed by an oak tree in high winds, police have said.

The man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident in Sandhurst Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, at 12.25pm on Tuesday.

His vehicle is believed to have been stationary at the time, said Kent Police.

A male passenger in the vehicle is understood to have escaped unharmed.

The road has been closed amid fears that another tree in the road may topple. Drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "The driver of the van, who is in his 50s and from Tonbridge, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

"His van is believed to have been stationary at the time of the impact. A male passenger in the vehicle is not believed to have been injured.

"The road has been closed to allow emergency services to operate and due to the risk posed by another tree on the road, which is also in danger of falling. Drivers are being advised to avoid the area."

A motorist who had been driving along Sandhurst Road after the accident said: "The police blocked the road and there are numerous emergency service vehicles. I saw the tree from a distance and it looked like a whacking great tree."

The man, who did not wish to named, said he had been travelling towards North Farm Industrial Estate when he was forced to make a diversion. As far as I could see, the whole tree came down and it was blocking the road," he said. "There were lots and lots of flashing lights down there."

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