A Morpeth woman has spoken of her shock after her car was hit by part of a tree.
The Ford Ka vehicle was being driven by Lizzie Nelson along the B6343 when the large branch – on a tree just inside the rear access to Mitford Hall on land leased to Mitford Cricket Club – fell forward.
A section of it damaged the front end of the car and the windscreen, but fortunately the Stobhill resident was not injured. The incident took place at 7.40pm on Tuesday, June 17.
Lizzie, 25, said: “I was driving home from work when I heard a sound that reminded me of thunder rumbling.
“All of a sudden, part of a tree came crashing down and it hit my car hard. It was a major shock.
“The point of impact on the windscreen was right by my face, so I was lucky that the windscreen held together or I would have been seriously injured or killed.
“The police came along as the road was completely blocked off and I was taken home.
“I will have to buy a new car as I’ve been told that the Ford Ka is a write-off, but it could have been a lot worse.”
Not far behind on the road was Morpeth resident Mike Whittle, who made sure Lizzie was fine before taking the photograph.
He said: “I couldn’t believe the scene in front of my eyes. I’m just glad that she wasn’t badly injured.”
A spokesman for the Mitford Estate said: “No rot was found when we checked the tree afterwards. It’s not known how the branch came to fall down.
“We regularly inspect all of the trees by the roadside on the estate.”
A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “The tree was cleared by the council’s out-of-hours NEAT team and it took around two hours to clear.”