Child is killed falling tree in 60mph winds in Sittingborne, Kent

Child is killed and another is left seriously injured after they were hit by a falling tree in 60mph winds

  • Kent Police received reports of children being injured by falling tree in woodland
  • Officers rushed to scene near Sittingborne, Kent where one child declared dead
  • Another child was airlifted to a London hospital with serious injuries

A child has died after being hit by a falling tree in strong winds while another is seriously injured in hospital.

Kent Police received reports midday on Friday of children being injured in a woodland near the town of Sittingborne.

Officers declared one child dead at the scene and the other was airlifted to a London hospital with serious injuries.

The tragedy occurred as a yellow weather warning was in place by the Met Office – with winds of up to 60mph. 

A child has died and another has been left seriously injured after a tree struck them during powerful 60mph winds near the town of Sittingborne, Kent

A dog walker, who regularly passes the scene told KentOnline: ‘It sounds like such a tragedy.

‘I come here for walks a fair bit and have never heard or seen anything like it.

‘It sounds like such a freak accident.’ 

A spokesman said: ‘Kent Police was called at 12.17pm on Friday 21 August 2020 to a report two children had been injured by a falling tree near Parsonage Lane, Bobbing.

‘Officers attended alongside South East Coast Ambulance Service, the air ambulance and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

‘One child was declared deceased at the scene and another child was airlifted to a London hospital with serious injuries.

‘Kent Police is preparing a report for the coroner.’

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