Shut shave for Edinburgh mum and son as large tree lands ft away from automotive

A mom and son are counting their blessings after the automotive they had been travelling in narrowly missed being flattened by a falling tree.

Shaken mum Suzy Corridor and 15-year-old Ruaraidh had been fortunate to outlive unscathed after the large tree got here crashing down proper in entrance of them on Sunday.

They’d been on a late night time buying journey at Asda Chesser and had been returning dwelling in torrential rain.

With Edinburgh having been battered by storms for a number of days already, driving circumstances that night had been extraordinarily poor.

The journey dwelling had been a problem however, at round 5 previous midnight, because the pair turned on to Greenbank Drive, a tree on their close to facet abruptly crashed down with out warning.

Recalling the panic, Suzy, 48, stated: “When it occurred, I instinctively screeched to a cease.

“Visibility wasn’t nice, it was actually darkish with heavy rain.”

Solely Suzy’s low pace and lightning-quick reactions prevented a tragedy.

The mum-of-two added: “Had we been going any sooner, we’d have positively been squashed underneath this tree.

“It was fortunate I used to be doing a right-hand end up of the Steils [the housing estate at the former City Hospital].

“There was an enormous puddle, so I used to be going fairly slowly – about 5mph – so I used to be in a position to do an emergency cease.”

Footage taken by Suzy present the tree’s large trunk and branches blocking all the street inside touching distance of the bus cease on the other facet of the road.

Fortunately, at that late hour and with the rain relentlessly lashing down, the encompassing roads and pavements had been abandoned.

Suzy was additionally relieved Ruaraidh was not harm.

“It was actually scary having my son there. He’s solely 15 so he acquired an enormous fright as nicely,” she added.

“As a result of he was on the passenger facet, the trunk – it was large – would’ve gone proper down on his facet greater than mine.

“You’ll be able to really see how fortunate we had been. I most likely stopped simply ten ft away or a wee bit much less. We positively had somebody watching over us.”

After the ordeal, Suzy parked her automotive close by and returned to take some images of the injury.

She then phoned the emergency providers however didn’t know which service she required.

“I simply dialled 999 and wasn’t certain which service I needed,” the stay-at-home mum continued.

“I used to be in a lot shock. The street was utterly blocked off.

“Ultimately I phoned the council and likewise reported the incident to the hearth service. I used to be instructed a tree surgeon could be out quickly.”

A staff of tree surgeons from the Metropolis of Edinburgh Council had been dispatched to chop up the large trunk and clear the particles from the street.

A council spokesperson stated: “The tree was on privately managed land.

“Our tree surgeons eliminated it from the roadway early on Monday morning.”