A WOMAN had a lucky escape when a tree fell down in front of her car.

Elizabeth Carmichael was driving along Stroudwood Road near Ryde this morning during Storm Alex.

She hit the brakes when a tree fell into the road in front of her Renault Clio.

Although the car sustained enough damage to ensure it will probably be written off by insurers, Elizabeth was unhurt — albeit left very shaken.

She immediately phoned the police, concerned other vehicles would crash into the tree on the country road.

The road has since been closed, and Island Roads is removing the debris.