The chances of this tragic event taking place were very slim. Elaine Reason, 56, and her daughter Grace, 16, were killed in their car. By a tragic coincidence, the Land Rover Freelander that Elaine was driving was crushed by a mature beech tree on November 21, 2019. The Mirror article of June 24, 2022 states that the incredible tragedy took place on 21 November 2019 at 10.15pm near Winchombe in the Cotswolds. “Mrs Reason was driving on the B4077 with her daughter as a front passenger when the tree, which was on land owned by the Stanway Estate trustees, uprooted itself and crushed the car in moderate winds,” the Mirror said.
Because of their multiple injuries, the mother and daughter died on the spot. The Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court tells us that the roots of the beech tree were rotting and the 2018 heat wave accelerated its deterioration. Because of its rotten roots, the tree could not withstand the average wind of the night of November 21. Gloucestershire Police brought in tree consultant Simon Cox to investigate the management of the tree.
The tree that crushed them should have been felled or pruned years ago
According to reports, the tree that killed Elaine Reason and her daughter in November 2019 was inspected in 2013. An ultrasound test was performed to examine its internal decay. The test had revealed that the tree presented no danger. However, Simon Cox found no evidence of annual inspections carried out in 2018 or 2019, according to Gloucestershire Police.
“If the annual inspection recommendation were in place, Mr. Cox is of the opinion that the tree would have been identified in 2018 or 2019 as requiring felling or severe pruning to prevent it from falling,” Roland Wooderson said. , Deputy Coroner of Gloucestershire.
Elaine Reason and her daughter, Grace © The Mirror