Storm Eunice: Woman dies in north London after tree falls on car

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan paid tribute to the emergency services and said his “thoughts and prayers” were with the woman’s family after her death in Highgate.

A woman in her 30s has died after a tree fell onto a car in Highgate during Storm Eunice.

Police were called to Muswell Hill Road in Highgate to reports of a fallen tree from Highgate Woods.

Officers from the Met Police arrived at the scene just after 4pm today, (Friday, February 18).

Police were called to Muswell Hill Road where a woman died earlier today. Photo: Supplied

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan paid tribute to the emergency services and said his “thoughts and prayers” were with the woman’s family.

Firefighters and paramedics were also dispatched to the area, close to the junction with South Close, N6.

The passenger in the car – a woman in her 30s - was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers believe they know the woman’s identity and her family have been informed.

Her relatives will be supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the car was a man aged in his 30s who has been taken to hospital.

His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Road closures remain in place at the location.

Mr Khan said: "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the woman who tragically lost her life and the man who was seriously injured in Highgate this afternoon.

"I’d like to pay tribute to all those in the emergency services who have been working tirelessly to keep us safe and urge all Londoners to remain cautious and avoid taking risks as this storm passes.”

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said: “Sadly a woman has died this afternoon after a tree fell on a car on Muswell Hill Road in Hornsey.

“Firefighters rescued two people from a car after a tree fell on it during the storm.

“One man sustained injuries and was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service and was taken to hospital.

“Sadly a woman was died at the scene.”

They added: “The Brigade was called at 4.03pm and the incident was under control by 5.13pm.

“Six fire engines and two fire rescue units from Hornsey, Kentish Town, Hendon, Tottenham and other neighbouring fire stations attended the scene.”

Londoners are advised to remain indoors and limit unnecessary journeys, while travel disruption is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

The London Fire Brigade declared a major incident this afternoon.