Girl airlifted to hospital after car is hit by falling tree branch near Gentleshaw

An eight-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after a tree branch fell onto the car she was travelling in near Gentleshaw.

The incident happened on near the Beau Desert Golf Club at round 2.30pm yesterday (July 25).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It appears this was a case of dreadful timing. A large branch has sheered off a tree just as a car was passing.

Damage to the car hit by a tree branch near Gentleshaw

Damage to the car hit by a tree branch near Gentleshaw

“Part of the branch has gone straight through the windscreen of the car narrowly missing the two front seat occupants and struck an eight-year-old girl in the back.

“Other road users were quickly on the scene and pulled the branch off the car, which has suffered considerable damage.

“The little girl had suffered a nasty puncture wound to her cheek and a broken arm. She was assessed at the scene by ambulance staff before being airlifted to the paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The man and woman in the front of the car were largely unscathed by the incident but were understandably very shaken by what happened.

“In one respect, they were incredibly unlucky, but in others they were incredibly fortunate not to have suffered far more serious injuries.”

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