Childminder relives drama as tree crushes car in Southampton with childen inside

Our screams for help were ignored as 50ft tree crushed car with toddler in back

Our screams for help were ignored as 50ft tree crushed car with toddler in back

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A WOMAN’S desperate screams for help were ignored – after a 50ft tree came crashing down on to the car she and two toddlers were in.

Shaken Corinne Isaacs has described the terrifying moment a 40-tonne tree fell on to her car and trapped a helpless two-year-old in the back seat.

As previously reported, the childminder, from Bitterne, was doing the everyday school run to Sholing Infant School when a tree on Freemantle Common Road almost killed her, two-year-old Tallulah and one-year-old Nissi.

Daily Echo:

Reliving the harrowing moment she recalls the quiet creaking of branches becoming an almighty crash on her roof.

And as she and the two children were trapped in the car a dog walker ignored their cries for help.

She said: “I don’t think I really registered what was happening but the adrenaline just kicked in. All I remember hearing is a creaking sound from the tree and then everything happened at once.

“The children in the back were screaming and I was crying for help but nobody came, nobody living there came out and a dog walker saw what happened. I screamed for help and he ran away.”

Daily Echo:

Miss Isaacs, 44 said she remembers breaking through the window and leaving the children in the car as she ran to a nearby care home for help.

The emergency services arrived and immediately got to work on cutting Tallulah out of her car seat.

Miss Isaacs believes that if it wasn’t for the design of the car seats both c h i l d r e n would have been killed.

She added: “I r e m e m b e r looking at Tallulah and trying to reach her, telling her it was alright, the tree trunk had smashed through the car and was on her legs – I was sure they were broken.

“I just can’t believe that she and Nissi are alright, when you look at the pictures it’s just harrowing and you really see just how bad it was, it seems impossible that we left unscathed.

Daily Echo:

“The images of it keep coming back to me, I keep seeing Tallulah and hearing the screams and feeling so helpless, I can’t sleep and the doctors have said I’ve got whiplash and I’m off work for a week but the children are fine”

Tallulah’s mother, Lorraine Turner, 39 from Woolston has known Corinne for more than seven years and all three of her children have been looked after by her.

She said: “It’s a miracle, and in a way I was more concerned for Corinne, kids are so resilient and at that age it hopefully doesn’t leave any lasting damage but when you’re an adult you’re much more aware.

“Tallulah is right as rain, and I’ve been a bit like a machine and just got on with it. I’m a single mum so I’ve dealt with this on my own but friends and family are messaging me and when I got to the scene there were so many young people helping and all the ambulance people and police were just amazing. Their manner was so nice and calming.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone that helped, this was no small thing. It couldn’t have been any closer. One of the first things Tallulah’s dad said was thank God she didn’t have a cheap car. It was very emotional but I have the utmost respect for Corinne I’m sure if I was in that position I would have died from the shock.”

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10:47am Sat 15 Feb 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.
Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -28

10:58am Sat 15 Feb 14

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.
Or they went off to phone for help, perhaps?

Two sides to every story as you are always so quick to point out.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.[/p][/quote]Or they went off to phone for help, perhaps? Two sides to every story as you are always so quick to point out. Hampshire Corn and Bread
  • Score: 59

11:04am Sat 15 Feb 14

richieroo says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.
They don't look very dead in the photo to me lol !

Typical sensationalist Echo journalism, how do we know the dog walker didn't run off to get help or make a phone call or possibly just panicked?. Not everyone owns or carries a mobile phone all of the time. It would be nice to think we'd all do the right thing if we were in that situation, but until it happens who knows?. At least the lady & children are safe. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.[/p][/quote]They don't look very dead in the photo to me lol ! Typical sensationalist Echo journalism, how do we know the dog walker didn't run off to get help or make a phone call or possibly just panicked?. Not everyone owns or carries a mobile phone all of the time. It would be nice to think we'd all do the right thing if we were in that situation, but until it happens who knows?. At least the lady & children are safe. :-) richieroo
  • Score: 30

11:18am Sat 15 Feb 14

SotonGreen says...

It is difficult to see what the dog walker is supposed to have done about a 40 tonne tree. If he didn't have a mobile phone running of to call for help is only rational response. Any attempt to move anything without specialist equipment could have resulted in tragedy.
It is difficult to see what the dog walker is supposed to have done about a 40 tonne tree. If he didn't have a mobile phone running of to call for help is only rational response. Any attempt to move anything without specialist equipment could have resulted in tragedy. SotonGreen
  • Score: 29

12:38pm Sat 15 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.
This was a dogwalker not Superman, his dog was probably terrified too. Do you ever think before you post?
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.[/p][/quote]This was a dogwalker not Superman, his dog was probably terrified too. Do you ever think before you post? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 42

12:51pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.
"Left people to die" Who died? Another ginger exaggeration?
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.[/p][/quote]"Left people to die" Who died? Another ginger exaggeration? Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 26

5:05pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

Hampshire Corn and Bread wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.
Or they went off to phone for help, perhaps?

Two sides to every story as you are always so quick to point out.
There's 2 sides to a story and the DE comment side
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire Corn and Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Hope the dog walker is unable to sleep knowing that they left people to die.[/p][/quote]Or they went off to phone for help, perhaps? Two sides to every story as you are always so quick to point out.[/p][/quote]There's 2 sides to a story and the DE comment side Mary80
  • Score: 4

6:02pm Sat 15 Feb 14

befriendly says...

I'm just glad everyone is unhurt, but as a third thought and given the stupidity of the police these days, being charged for defending your own home, the lack of commonsense in most accidents, plus the compensation culture maybe he figured he get charged with pushing the tree over. In America recently a man stabbed a US marine as he ran from robbing a shop. The marines two mates explained the robbers broken arms and legs plus multiple abrasions were caused when he tripped on the kerb. If only our police would accept such simple explanations.
I'm just glad everyone is unhurt, but as a third thought and given the stupidity of the police these days, being charged for defending your own home, the lack of commonsense in most accidents, plus the compensation culture maybe he figured he get charged with pushing the tree over. In America recently a man stabbed a US marine as he ran from robbing a shop. The marines two mates explained the robbers broken arms and legs plus multiple abrasions were caused when he tripped on the kerb. If only our police would accept such simple explanations. befriendly
  • Score: -10

7:18pm Sat 15 Feb 14

thesouth says...

befriendly wrote:
I'm just glad everyone is unhurt, but as a third thought and given the stupidity of the police these days, being charged for defending your own home, the lack of commonsense in most accidents, plus the compensation culture maybe he figured he get charged with pushing the tree over. In America recently a man stabbed a US marine as he ran from robbing a shop. The marines two mates explained the robbers broken arms and legs plus multiple abrasions were caused when he tripped on the kerb. If only our police would accept such simple explanations.
They don't .... It's the cps. The Police, police. The CPS prosecute. Your post is just a reason to release the chip on your shoulder and isn't even accurate.
[quote][p][bold]befriendly[/bold] wrote: I'm just glad everyone is unhurt, but as a third thought and given the stupidity of the police these days, being charged for defending your own home, the lack of commonsense in most accidents, plus the compensation culture maybe he figured he get charged with pushing the tree over. In America recently a man stabbed a US marine as he ran from robbing a shop. The marines two mates explained the robbers broken arms and legs plus multiple abrasions were caused when he tripped on the kerb. If only our police would accept such simple explanations.[/p][/quote]They don't .... It's the cps. The Police, police. The CPS prosecute. Your post is just a reason to release the chip on your shoulder and isn't even accurate. thesouth
  • Score: 9

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