Tree surgeon seriously injured after huge tree crashes down on Bournemouth street

A section of the tree is still blocking Chine Crescent. Credit: ITV News

A tree surgeon is in hospital with serious injuries after he was crushed while clearing debris from a fallen tree.

People living in Chine Crescent in Bournemouth say they're amazed no one was killed after a huge tree fell across their road, crushing several cars.

Witnesses spoke of hearing a creaking sound, before the pine tree slowly collapsed at around 4.30 on Friday afternoon.

At least three parked cars are thought to have been destroyed.

No one was injured in the initial fall, but a tree surgeon in his forties was airlifted to hospital in Southampton after he was badly injured while clearing the debris.

Police were called to the incident to cordon off the road:

We received a report at 4.30pm that a tree had fallen across the road in Chine Crescent Road in Bournemouth and had caused damage to cars. The vehicles were reported to be unoccupied and there were no reports of any injuries. The road has been closed and the local authority has been contacted.

Dorset Police statement