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Women injured as tree hits car in Birmingham

Car trapped under tree Image copyright West Midlands Fire Service
Image caption West Midlands Fire Service said it had been called out to about 20 weather related incidents

Two women have been taken to hospital after a tree fell on to a car during strong winds in Birmingham.

The ambulance service said a woman in her seventies had a chest injury and a broken leg after being trapped in the car on Stoney Lane in Yardley.

Another woman suffered minor neck injuries but the driver was uninjured, West Midlands Ambulance service said.

The fire service said it was dealing with a tree which had fallen on to two houses and a car in Handsworth Wood.

People in Barn Street in Bordesley had reported windows being broken and cars being damaged in high winds, it said.

A train was damaged after tree branches were brought down on to overhead power lines near Sutton Coldfield.

Gale force winds

London Midland said the 12:32 GMT service from Longbridge to Lichfield was forced to stop after the branches wrapped around the overhead cables.

The train carried on to Sutton Coldfield station "with caution" so passengers could get off safely and it could get repaired, it said.

Services were temporarily replaced with buses until about 16:00 GMT.

There was also disruption for trains between Coventry and Birmingham International after a tree was blown on to the tracks at Hampton-in-Arden.

It was removed at about 14:00 GMT, Virgin Trains said.

The Met Office have warned of more rain and gale force winds across the West Midlands later.

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