Mother and baby have near miss as tree branch hits car

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A woman and her baby had a lucky escape when a tree branch hit their car in Chelsworth during Monday’s storm.

Jean Bowen, of The Street, Chelsworth, told how she and her husband David went to the aid of the woman and her young baby.

Mrs Bowen said: “It was around 8am when the storm started. The next thing we knew, some traffic was building up outside our house.

“David went out and saw a branch had come off a tree and hit the car.”

Mrs Bowen said the woman had been on her way to work and was taking her child to a local nursery when the accident happened.

She told the couple that she had heard a noise and then realised she was covered in splinters. The tree branch hit the car across the front, shattering the windscreen and caving-in the bonnet.

The baby was in a rear-facing baby seat, but escaped injury, and neither of them required medical attention.

The couple took the woman and baby inside and Mrs Bowen gave the baby some breakfast.

They helped the young woman to make some phone calls, since her mobile phone could not get a signal.

The branch also brought down a power line which supplied the house opposite, although this has now been repaired.

Several people in the village had walls blown over and the main road through the village was blocked for a while due to a separate tree fall.