UK Weather: Woman Dies After Tree Falls On Car As High Winds Sweep Country

The woman in her 60s was pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman in her 60s has died after a tree is believed to have fallen on her car in Dorset.

The driver, who has not been named but is known to be a local, was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident in Verwood Road, Wimborne, shortly after 8.40am on Saturday.

It came as high winds buffeted the area, with gusts of more than 80mph in parts of the South West.

Police said it is understood a tree had fallen on the grey Ford B-Max, and officers appealed for anyone who saw what happened to get in touch.

Sergeant Lee Savage said: “To assist with my investigation I am appealing to anyone who was travelling in the area at the relevant time, and either witnessed the collision or captured any of the incident on dash-cam, to please contact Dorset Police.”

Sergeant Lee Savage, of the Dorset Police traffic unit, said: “We have specially-trained officers supporting the family at this difficult time.

“To assist with my investigation, I am appealing to anyone who was travelling in the area at the relevant time and either witnessed the collision or captured any of the incident on dashcam to please contact Dorset Police.

“I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the road closures are in place. These are absolutely necessary to allow emergency services to safely respond to the incident.”

The Met Office has issued a number of rain and wind warnings across the south of England and Wales, while a band of rain could affect northern Scotland.

Meteorologist Luke Miall, from the Met Office, told the PA news agency that gusts of more than 80mph had been measured in the South West on Saturday morning.

The Met Office said a number of trees had been brought down by strong gusts.

South Western Railways said a number of trees were blocking the line between Woking and Weymouth and warned services could be delayed or cancelled.

Dorset Police posted a photograph on social media showing scaffolding which had collapsed on to a line of parked cars due to the strong gusts.

The structure was blown over in Dorset Street, Blandford Forum, during the early hours, the force said.