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18 December 2017
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Tree misses traffic as it falls onto Cobden Avenue in rush hour PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 September 2017 08:13

Video: John Hunt
Update 23/9/17: Cobden Avenue now reopened
A large pine tree fell across Cobden Avenue from Deepdene at around 7.50 this morning (Friday) - incredibly missing the usual queue of traffic approaching the Triangle. 

• Council reassures over safety


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Photo: John Hunt

John Hunt, who lives on Cobden Avenue said he thought that no one had been hurt - although his daughter was hit by a pine cone just before the tree came down!

He told "The road normally has a traffic jam at that place and time. People could easily have been killed.”

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Photo: John Hunt

But the huge pine tree crashed through the garden of the house opposite, and residents living there said they were in shock.

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Photo: John Hunt

Mr Nadir Khan, who lives in the house and was inside when the tree fell, said he didn’t yet know the full extent of the damage. The tree had come down on vehicles parked in front of the house, he said.

This is apparently a Mercedes GL with 6000 miles on the clock that was parked in the drive outside the house when the tree fell, and which appears to have suffered heavy damage. A Mercedes C300 was also apparently damaged

“We were in the house. We just heard a bang. The whole house was shaking… landsliding was on our mind but when we came out it was the tree across the road.”

"It was not windy. It was not raining..."


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He said other trees were also dangerous, and if they fell they would fall on the main part of the house.


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Cobden Avenue is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day, according to one person working at the scene [Update 1.30pm: a"t least until 6pm"]. A diversion is in place around Midanbury Lane/Thorold Road towards the Triangle. Heading out of town traffic is being directed down Bullar Road - Cobbett Road is also closed today for resurfacing work. Alternatively vehicles can go up Thorold Road.

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Photo: John Hunt

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Photo: John Hunt

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Story includes several updates, including additional photos and information

• Council reassures over tree safety

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