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Large tree crushes car in central Cardiff

A large tree has fallen down in Cardiff city centre, crushing a car just minutes after the driver got out.

The tree fell on Friday morning near the Pen and Wig pub, close to the railway line, in Park Grove.

It landed on a Mercedes estate, which has been badly damaged. A woman who works nearby said: "Apparently the woman had just parked the car and left it there within 10 minutes."

A report by a tree surgeon in November 2016 recommended that the tree be removed.

The tree is described in the report as a hybrid Italian poplar which is around 28m high.

The report said: "There is evidence of extensive dieback in the upper crown and fungal activity around the base of the main stem which is indicative of root decay.

"There is significant risk of failure with the tree and I recommend its removal."

The council has confirmed that it is a privately owned tree and is a matter for the owner - Albany Solicitors

The council has visited today and offered assistance but has been advised by Albany Solicitors that they will be dealing with this matter through a private contractor.

– Cardiff Council spokesman

Staff from Network Rail are currently monitoring the situation.

A spokeswoman said a team are at the scene to ensure the railway stays safe.

They added that the tree is not on land owned by Network Rail.

Train services on the nearby railway are still running as normal.