Road where branch impaled driver shut for tree checks

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The woman was taken to hospital in Wakefield after the tree smashed into her car

A road where a driver was fatally hurt when she was impaled by a blown-down branch will stay closed all weekend as tree inspections continue.

The 55-year-old woman, from Pontefract, was impaled on the branch after it plunged through the windscreen of her Vauxhall Zafira in Wakefield.

Over the weekend other trees along the A642 at Stanley are being examined to make sure they are safe.

Wakefield Council has said it is responsible for the trees in the area.

Joanne Roney, Wakefield council's chief executive, said: "Wakefield Council is responsible for maintaining the trees at this site.

"We have removed the tree involved and as a precautionary measure we are now removing a number of other trees over the weekend.

"We are fully co-operating with the police investigation into the accident."

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