Berkshire tree which killed motorist had been passed by inspectors

A tree which lost a large branch, killing a man below, had been inspected by council officers just two days before, an inquest has heard.

Michael Warren was killed in October 2012 after a branch from the mature oak tree by the A332 near Ascot Racecourse fell onto his car.

Another car travelling in the opposite direction was flipped onto its roof.

The inquest this week heard that two days beforehand, two highways officers from Bracknell Forest Borough Council had carried out a drive-by inspection of the route, without reporting any problems with the tree.

The road was also given a yearly walking inspection, with a more detailed check by an expert every five years, it heard.

The officers who carried out the inspection prior to the accident did so from a car travelling at 30mph while also assessing other issues with the route, such as potholes.

The inquest continues.


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