Lucky escape for Aviemore taxi driver after tree crush on Grampian Road

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Taxi driver Loretta Steward was lucky to escape after being closest to the scene when the tree suddenly crashed into the road.

A taxi driver has described how she was lucky to escape after a huge tree fell on Aviemore’s main road just yards from her vehicle.

Loretta Steward, who works for Aviemore Taxis, had just emerged from the forecourt of the BP garage on Grampian Road when the tree toppled in the strong gusts brought by Storm Corrie this evening.

She said it came as a shock, but the incident was no worse.

The entrance to the BP forecourt is completely blocked by the tree but the exit remains accessible.
The entrance to the BP forecourt is completely blocked by the tree but the exit remains accessible.

She told the Strathy a short time ago: “I was at the garage and was about to get out when the tree fell. There was myself and another motorist going the other way. sense.

“There was no noise and it happened pretty quickly; it just stopped.

“I must have been about 20 meters away when he fell on the garage sign which suffered some damage.

“The garage staff immediately called the police and they arrived within two or three minutes.

“There was no warning the tree was falling. I was very lucky not to miss it at the time.”

The tree was toppled as gusts blew over 50mph in Aviemore in the pouring rain.

The giant tree blocking Grampian Road has two main trunks.
The giant tree blocking Grampian Road has two main trunks.

It appears that two main tree trunks bound together have been dug up on Strathspey Lawn, also known as Four Seasons Lawn, near the center of Aviemore.

Trunks blocked the main road and branches spread out blocking the entrance to the garage forecourt.

They have also expanded to the Highland Hospice charity store.

A police vehicle with flashing blue lights was parked on the side of the tree village center near the resort town of Aviemore to warn motorists of the danger.

Police quickly rushed to the scene to deal with traffic as they approached the roadblock.
Police quickly rushed to the scene to deal with traffic as they approached the roadblock.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed no one was injured in the incident which occurred around 8.30pm.

With Storm Corrie pounding the strath, Aviemore’s main road was relatively calm for a Sunday evening.

BP garage staff alerted the police immediately after the tree was crushed.

Fragments from the top of the BP electronic panel fell to the ground on the forecourt about 20 minutes after the tree hit it as the heavy gusts continued.

BP staff forwarded further inquiries from the Strathy to company headquarters.


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