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Police trace family of woman, 21, killed in Exeter floods

By Echonews  |  Posted: November 25, 2012

The scene where a young woman died in the Exeter floods

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Police have now located the next of kin of the young woman who died in the Exeter floods.

Officers said the woman was 21 and from Exeter. She died during flash floods just before midnight on Saturday on a patch of land off Western Way in the city centre.

Two other people were injured when a tree collapsed, damaging a wall, and fell directly where a small number of tents have been pitched for several months.

Police remain at the scene of the incident and Western Way is expected to be closed until later this evening.

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A police spokesman said: "The deceased woman is aged 21 and from Exeter. Next of kin have been informed but formal ID has not yet taken place.

 "The two men who received medical treatment are aged 27 and 35. There are no further details regarding injuries at this time."

A group of homeless people are known to be have been living in tents at the site.

When police arrived at the scene three casualties were confirmed. One person was trapped and receiving treatment. Two others who were clear from the tree also received treatment.

The tree was described as a very large spruce tree which had come down across a wall into the roadway.

The seriously injured female casualty was taken to hospital. A short time later she was declared dead by medical staff.

On Sunday morning the road was sealed off as workmen cleared the fallen tree and police examined the site.

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  • mariansnow18  |  November 25 2012, 8:08PM

    What dreadful news this is, a young woman killed in such a tragic accident. When is our Government going to stop donating overseas when we, here in England, are desperately in need of shelters for the homeless?!!!

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