Council begins work on tree in Willesden after branch kills Kensal Rise grandmother

The council have sent workers to cut back the tree in Donnington Road (Pic credit: Twitter@Joaocoron

The council have sent workers to cut back the tree in Donnington Road (Pic credit: Twitter@Joaocorona) - Credit: Archant

Brent Council have begun cutting back a tree in Willesden after a large branch fell and killed a woman as she waited for a bus with her two grandchildren yesterday.

The scene in Donnington Road yesterday

The scene in Donnington Road yesterday - Credit: Archant

Rambai Senghani died at the scene in Donnington Road, and a man in his 70s is in a serious condition, following the freak accident at around 4pm.

Flowers at the scene in Donnington Road (Pic credit: Myron Jobson)

Flowers at the scene in Donnington Road (Pic credit: Myron Jobson) - Credit: Archant

Mrs Senghani, who lives in Kensal Rise, had collected the children from school and was waiting for a number 6 bus when the branch came crashing down.

Her grandchildren escaped injury.

Last year a tree opposite the scene fell in gale winds and residents told the Times they had aired safety concerns about others to the council.


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Amanda Cavinder, 45, who lives in The Oaks block of flats in Harlesden Road right next to the scene, said: “We have been complaining to the council about the state of the trees.

“This saddens me and makes me feel really scared. My boyfriend said not to sit near any trees in the future because of the situation.”

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Judy Kerr, another Harlesden Road resident, said “My husband and I have sat here and watch the trees swaying in the wind backwards and forwards.

“For years we have said something is going to happen because the council never do anything about the trees.”

Scores of flowers have been left at the scene including a bunch from Mrs Samgami’s children with the message: ‘To our dearest mother, our hero, our teacher our foundation...

‘Rest in peace, we will never ever forget you.’

Kanta Bhadia, 55, used to work with Mrs Senghani in a medicine factory in Park Royal a decade ago.

She said: “She was a very jolly woman, active and she loved her grandchildren.”

A spokesman for Brent Council told the Times: “This is a very sad situation and our thoughts are with the families and the victims of this tragic accident.

“At the moment we are unable to confirm the detail of what has happened; we will do so as soon as we receive further information.”

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