UPDATE: Falling tree hit woman in town centre

LIVERPOOL GARDENS TREE COMING DOWN. Photo by Eddie Mitchell 07771605974. SUS-160216-142726001

LIVERPOOL GARDENS TREE COMING DOWN. Photo by Eddie Mitchell 07771605974. SUS-160216-142726001

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A WOMAN was hit by a rotting tree that came down in Liverpool Gardens yesterday afternoon.

Joanna White, 31, from Sompting, was eating a McDonald’s on a bench next to the site where workers were digging as part of the high street regeneration scheme.

LIVERPOOL GARDENS TREE COMING DOWN. Photo by Eddie Mitchell 07771605974 SUS-160216-142714001

LIVERPOOL GARDENS TREE COMING DOWN. Photo by Eddie Mitchell 07771605974 SUS-160216-142714001

She said: “As the tree came down, I ducked and it hit me in the back of the neck.

“The workers were straight over, and helped me up. One of them took me to a doctor who told me I was okay.

“I feel okay, but I am still shaken up over what happened. It was pretty terrifying.”

The tree that snapped was part of a larger body being cut down today.

The tree stump after being sawn down on Liverpool Gardens. SUS-160216-155920001

The tree stump after being sawn down on Liverpool Gardens. SUS-160216-155920001

It was surveyed by Adur and Worthing Councils, and was found to be rotting near the base.

A spokesperson on the site said: “The council surveyed this tree this morning, and will be looking at the others in Liverpool Gardens in the next few days.

“The tree can look fine from the outside, but unfortunately cold temperatures and damp can make it start to rot. Unfortunately we have to take the whole thing down to avoid an incident.”

Alexander and Liverpool Terrace was closed temporarily while the operation was carried out, and the tree has now been sawn down.

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