Surrey

Gale force winds cause disruption in Surrey

Fallen tree in Headley, Surrey
Image caption Danielle Young came across a fallen tree while out riding on a private lane off Headley Common Road

Gale force winds and stormy weather have caused disruption across Surrey for the second time this week.

Several roads in Dorking, Guildford, Haslemere, Pirbright, Woking, Headley and Wonersh were closed temporarily when fallen trees left them blocked.

Carthouse Lane in Chobham was also shut after a bank of earth collapsed and several trees fell into the road.

The A24 Horsham Road in Dorking was obstructed for a time after a bus shelter was blown into the road.

Danielle Young said she was out riding near Headley Court, on a private lane off Headley Common Road, when she came across a fallen tree.

"The lane was completely blocked because of the tree," she said.

"It was still pretty gusty at the time and the tree next to it was about to go, so the fire brigade had been called.

"I had a lucky escape as the tree behind me fell just after I left the spot where it landed."

Bus driver injured

On Tuesday, a bus driver suffered serious injuries when a falling oak crushed his vehicle in Witley.

The man suffered head and chest injuries when the tree, which was 6ft in diameter, struck the single-decker in strong winds on the A283 Petworth Road.

He is being treated at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London.

A Stagecoach spokeswoman said the man's wife had been told his "injuries were no longer life-threatening".

Strong winds on Tuesday also blew off part of the roof of the Duchess's Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse and turned a light aircraft at Redhill Aerodrome on to its roof.

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