Two dead in Suffolk road tragedy

TWO people who died when a tree fell on their car in Suffolk were due to be named by police today.The tragedy happened in Lowestoft during Saturday afternoon's gales.

POLICE are today investigating after two people died when a tree fell on their car.

Police, firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft shortly after 4.20pm yesterday.

But the two occupants of the 03-registered Rover 25 - a male and a female - were declared dead at the scene.

This tragedy came as high winds lashed the county.

Suffolk police said they took 260 calls over a four-hour period relating to the bad weather yesterday afternoon.

They had to evacuate houses on either side of a property in Bridge Road, Lowestoft, after its roof collapsed because of damage caused by the high winds.

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Firefighters were also called to a tree that fell on a house in Rectory Road, Wortham around 3.50pm.

Fire service divisional officer Eddie Meelan, speaking at the tail end of yesterday afternoon, said: "Over the past couple of hours we have received about 50 calls across the county.

"We have received calls about trees on houses, trees across roads and trees across power cables."

The Orwell Bridge was also closed in both directions for part of the day because of the high winds.