A 56-year-old mother and her 16-year-old daughter have been killed after a tree fell onto their car in the Cotswolds.
The wreckage of their vehicle – believed to be a Land Rover Freelander – was covered with a tarpaulin and lifted onto the back of a truck by a crane on the B4077 near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
It appeared to have been flattened across the middle. Police were called to the scene at 10.15pm on Thursday, but the road remained closed into this afternoon as emergency services worked to clear the wreckage.
A 56-year-old daughter and her 16-year-old daughter have died after a tree fell onto their car as they drove through the Cotswolds. (Pictured: The wreckage of their car – believed to be a Land Rover Freelander – being driven away from the crash scene)
The vehicle appears to have been flattened across its middle after a tree fell on it on the B4077 near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
The vehicle was on the B4077 at Stanway Hill, near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, on Thursday evening when it was crushed by the tree (pictured)
Gloucestershire police revealed the ages and genders of the victims, but said that formal identification is yet to take place. Their next of kin have been informed.
The road remained closed throughout this afternoon as emergency services prepared to remove the car from the road.
Two police cars remained parked just before a blind bend in the road.
Police, the fire service and a private ambulance all attended the scene, along with a tree surgeon.
The thick trunk was cut using a chainsaw before being placed onto a truck. The car was also taken away at 4pm – around 18 hours after the accident had taken place.
A police spokesman said: ‘The road remains closed north of Ford and at the Toddington roundabout, as recovery and investigation work continues at the scene.
Their vehicle – believed to be a Landrover Freelander – pictured being driven away from the scene on the B4077 near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, today
Gloucestershire Police (pictured today) said they were informed of the incident by the ambulance service at 10.15pm
‘It is likely that the road will be closed for some time today and motorists are asked to find alternative routes.
‘The next of kin of those who were in the vehicle have been informed.’
Gloucestershire County Council said in a statement: ‘We are shocked and saddened by this awful accident.
‘We send our sincerest condolences to the those connected to the people who were tragically killed.
‘We are assisting in clearing the highway to ensure the road can be reopened as quickly as possible.’
Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 405 of November 21.
A police spokesman (pictured on today) said: ‘The road remains closed north of Ford and at the Toddington roundabout, as recovery and investigation work continues at the scene’
The spokesman added: ‘It is likely that the road will be closed for some time today and motorists are asked to find alternative routes’