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Beckenham driver's miracle escape after gigantic tree fall

The tree damaged two cars in Crab Hill, Beckenham

The tree damaged two cars in Crab Hill, Beckenham

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A driver narrowly escaped injury when a huge pine tree collapsed in a leaf residential road.

The tree damaged two cars in Crab Hill, Beckenham

The incident, in which two cars were damaged, happened in Crab Hill in Beckenham at around 1.40pm on Tuesday.

Resident John Nicholson, 33, of River Park Gardens, said: “I heard it come down. Luckily nobody was injured - there was somebody driving past as it happened but the tree missed them. It crushed the car.”

A white BMW, which had its bonnet smashed, came off worse than a black Jaguar parked across the road from it.

It took railway workers and fire crews several hours to chop and clear the felled tree which was at the top of the railway embankment near Ravensbourne station.

The tree damaged two cars in Crab Hill, Beckenham

The street, lined with towering pines, is flanked on one side by the wooded embankment and a steep hill on the other.

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