Bournemouth NHS worker uninjured after tree fell on car
A man from BOURNEMOUTH was lucky enough to escape after his car was nearly crushed by a fall from a tree in Poole on Sunday evening.
Melvin Millin was returning from Poole Hospital just before 7 p.m., having finished his shift driving for the out-of-hours mobile doctors unit.
Halfway through his trip, he was alerted by a sudden noise and forced to take evasive action.
The 69-year-old said: ‘I had just driven on Bournemouth Road, just finished my shift at the hospital and heard this incredible cracking noise from above.
“I looked up and saw this tree come down. There was no one in the oncoming lane, so I swerved. Thank goodness no one else was on the road.
“He just grabbed my car and cracked my windshield.
Residents of the neighboring apartment building rushed to help Melvin, but he escaped the incident unscathed.
The tree fell to obstruct the road in both directions, and the police arrived to close the road up to the junction with Mansfield Road.
Melvin was at the scene for an hour and a half to make statements to police and wait for his vehicle, a red Toyota, to be recovered.
“Luckily I looked up just before he came down and managed to pull away,” Melvin added.
“Thank goodness the road was pretty quiet; it could have been a double decker bus going up the hill or there could have been pedestrians on the sidewalk.
“I guess the weather wasn’t so good yesterday, otherwise the road would still have been busy if it was a sunny day.”
The A35 Bournemouth Road was closed again yesterday from 11:40 am as arborists felled another tree which had been damaged by a fallen tree on Sunday.
After evaluating the rest of the tree Monday morning, representatives of the BCP Council arboriculture team determined that it “required immediate removal for safety reasons.”
However, after talking to many friends and family about his near-accident, Melvin thanks his lucky star who escaped the incident unscathed.
“You go back over and over to what happened, even if it was just a fraction of a second, and think ‘what if,’ he said.
“At that time of the evening, it wasn’t that much wind and rain, so you didn’t expect it to be falling then. It was just a fluke.
“When I tell the story, I think ‘Crikey, I’m lucky.’ People said I should by a lottery ticket.