Falling tree writes off family car

Storm Damage: This estate car was written off when a tree fell on the roof but the driver and passenger were unhurt. Picture: Susann Brown
Storm Damage: This estate car was written off when a tree fell on the roof but the driver and passenger were unhurt. Picture: Susann Brown

After Grampian Police reported a number of fallen trees last Monday night, storms continued well into Tuesday morning and wreaked havoc as local people set off on their regular journeys.

Clive Mansfield, who lives in Fyvie, set off as normal, driving his daughter to school, but finding a traffic queue on the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road at Oldmeldrum, he decided to take a detour after which a tree fell on his car.

Mr Mansfield explained: “I was taking my daughter to Meldrum Academy, but the main road was blocked near the Meldrum House roundabout because of a fallen tree. I decided to take a detour and turned down the Balgove road and about half a mile down the road a tree fell on the roof of the car. The car is a complete write off - the roof caved in and the windscreen shattered.

“We just saw this tree in front of the windscreen. Fortunately we were going quite slowly, which helped.”

Mr Mansfield said he and his daughter were shaken but unhurt. He added: “We had to scramble over the front seats into the back in order to get out of the car because we couldn’t get out of the front.”

As well as causing damage locally, weather warnings were issued all over Scotland. Roads were closed due to fallen trees and motorists were advised not to venture out unless absolutely necessary.

The storms also caused disruption to ferry and rail services while visitor attractions, inlcuding Tolquhon Castle were closed.

Many trees have been uprooted and around 2000 homes were reported to be without power. In Aberdeen a tree struck a bus as it fell, but there were no injuries.