Actress Sheridan Smith, 40, was driving her £100,000 Range Rover when she swerved off the road due to bad weather caused by Storm Arwen, according to reports. Severe damage was caused to higher branches in the tree, which suggests the car may have flown through the air before impact.
Sheridan was driving on a narrow country road just 600 yards from her home in Essex on Saturday when the car left the road on a tight bend.
Police confirmed yesterday that no other driver was involved and that no crime was committed.
Officers reportedly inspected the scene where the rear bumper and tail lights of Sheridan’s car were still on the floor.
The accident is believed to have been down to icy conditions caused by Storm Arwen.
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A neighbour told The Sun last night: “Sheridan is so lucky to be alive. It could have been so much worse. Her car was stuck in the tree, it was a really bad crash.
“It could have been so much worse, she had cuts and bruises, but it could have been fatal, she was incredibly lucky. It was a brand new Range Rover, she hasn’t had it long. It’s almost a miracle she’s not hurt herself more.
“It’s an incredibly tight bend to take at the best of times, never mind in a freezing storm like Arwen. For the car to be actually stuck IN the tree it must have been travelling with some force. She managed to get back to the house then someone called the cops.
“But thank goodness there were land-owners to cut up the tree blocking the road or police would never have got through. It doesn’t bear thinking about what might have happened.”
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