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Road blocked after tree falls on car with family inside

By Liam Keen | Cradley Heath | News | Published:

A family escaped serious injury after a tree fell on top of their car.

The tree landed on top of the family car in Corngreaves Road leading into Belle Vale. Credit: West Midlands Police Force Response

Corngreaves Road leading into Belle Vale, between Cradley Heath and Halesowen, was blocked in the aftermath.

A man and three children were inside what is believed to be a red Citroen C2 when the tree fell at around 8.15am.

The route was blocked in the aftermath. Picture: Laura Cole

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man suffered minor injuries but the three children were uninjured.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "One ambulance attended the scene, there were four occupants of the car.

"One man was left with minor injuries but did not need hospital treatment, three children were uninjured."

Sandwell Council highways workers were called to the road at around 9am.

Tree surgeons worked to clear the road.

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The route reopened at 10.45am.

West Midlands Police attended the scene but did not comment on the incident.

Ward councillor for Belle Vale, Simon Phipps, said: "It's really concerning when anyone is involved in these kind of incidents but when it's children it brings it home.

"I'm interested to see what has gone wrong here, it shows we need to be on top of road maintenance, as far as I'm aware it wasn't a windy day, so this isn't on.

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"Of course I hope everyone involved is ok and it's good to see no-one was seriously injured.

"Hopefully it's something we can resolve or follow up with Sandwell Council to look at, we need to maintain these trees.

"All the trees down there come over the road so when big lorry's go down there it prunes them and leaves debris, it's a particular issue down there.

"That road also floods all the time but the responsibility should be with Sandwell Council, so perhaps it's something we could follow up with them."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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