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Woman dies in East Dorset after tree falls on car in extreme winds
2 November 2019, 18:55
A woman in her 60s has died on Verwood Road after a tree fell on her car in extreme weather conditions, Dorset Police have said.
Dorset Police were called at 8.41am on Saturday morning to reports of a collision involving a grey Ford B-max and a tree in Verwood Road, between the Alderholt turning and the A31.
The woman, who was from the area, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers, local police have said.
Sergeant Lee Savage, of the Dorset Police traffic unit, said: "To assist with my investigation, I am appealing to anyone who was travelling in the area at the relevant time and either witnessed the collision or captured any of the incident on dashcam to please contact Dorset Police.
"I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the road closures are in place. These are absolutely necessary to allow emergency services to safely respond to the incident."
Roads around Verwood Road near the A31were closed while emergency services were at the scene, but have since re-opened.
Earlier several cars were crushed in a street in Dorset after strong winds caused a scaffolding to collapse.
The Met Office has issued a number of weather warnings across parts of south England and Wales.
Winds of more than 80mph have been measured in the south west.