Woman killed by felled tree branch in Willesden is named locally as 57-year-old grandmother
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A woman killed when a large tree branch crashed on a bus stop in Willesden yesterday has been named locally as 57-year-old grandmother.
The Times has been told the victim is Rambai Senghani who was with her two young grandchildren at the time.
According to a friend, Mrs Senghani had collected them from nearby Donnington Primary School and was waiting for a bus when she was killed in the freak accident.
A man in his 70s is in hospital in a serious condition.
Kanta Bhadia, 55, used to work with Mrs Senghani in a medicine factory in Park Royal a decade ago.
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She said: “She was a very jolly woman, active and she loved her grandchildren.”
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...
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‘Rest in peace, we will never ever forget you.’
According to residents there had been safety concerns about the trees in the area.
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.”
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.”
Last year a tree opposite the scene fell in gale winds.
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.”