Sheffield girl relives lucky escape

Tree falls on woman on Ecclesall Road, opposite the junction with Pear Street

Tree falls on woman on Ecclesall Road, opposite the junction with Pear Street

A young woman who cheated death when she was hit by a falling tree has relived the moment she woke up dazed in an ambulance.

Bethany Dybacz said she cannot remember the large trunk – thought to have fallen as it was rotten – smashing down as she stood at a bus stop on Ecclesall Road last week.

Her dad plans to make a chopping board out of a piece of the sawn wood he has salvaged as a souvenir.

Beth, a 21-year-old biology student at Sheffield Hallam University, was immediately knocked unconscious and taken to the Northern General Hospital.

But she was allowed home just hours later with a minor head injury, scratches, bruises, and swelling to her back, elbows and knees.

Bethany, who lives on Ecclesall Road, said: “I was at the bus stop waiting to go to university, that’s the last thing I remember.

“The next thing I knew they were putting me onto the boards to go into the ambulance. People said the tree had hit me and I fell backwards after trying to move out of the way.

“It was a shock to wake up in the ambulance. I just kept saying, ‘This is so surreal’.

“Nobody gets hit by a tree apart from lumberjacks. Even though I was really lucky, it is just weird.”

A passer-by dialled 999 after the drama last Thursday morning and also rang Bethany’s boyfriend Thomas Chamberlain, who raced to the scene from another bus stop where he was waiting.

Bethany, who is now recovering at her parents’ house in Ellesmere Port, said: “People kept ringing the house and mum kept saying, ‘She’s been so lucky’.

“My dad went to pick up my stuff and brought back a bit of the wood with him as a souvenir - he said we could make a chopping board out of it.

“If I wasn’t laughing I would be crying.

“The tree hit me, but it could have hit a child.”




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