Nightmare journey ends with tree falling on car

PUBLISHED: 08:08 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

A JOURNEY home from work turned into a nightmare for Shuresh Vamathevn this week. The 22-year-old bar manager from London Colney arrived at West Hampstead train station after work just before midnight on Monday to find problems with the train services to

A JOURNEY home from work turned into a nightmare for Shuresh Vamathevn this week.

The 22-year-old bar manager from London Colney arrived at West Hampstead train station after work just before midnight on Monday to find problems with the train services to St Albans.

The board said the next four trains were on time, but more than an hour later and following numerous phone calls to National Rail, Shuresh established that a train had broken down.

After two other trains went past without stopping leaving him stranded in the freezing cold and pouring rain, one finally stopped just before 2am and Shuresh thought he was safely on his way home.

But then someone pulled the emergency brake lever on board the train delaying it even further and he didn't arrive back at his car at St Albans station until about 3am.

Then driving along London Road on his way home to Cotlandswick as another snow blizzard hit, disaster struck again. A tree fell into the road just after he passed under the iron bridge leaving Shuresh having to swerve out of the way to safety.

But the tree clipped his car, denting the bonnet and shunting it to one side - damage which he will have get repaired through his insurance company.

He said: "It was scary as if I had not reacted as quickly I would most likely have been seriously injured or worse. It was not my night."

He added: "I was drenched when I got home as West Hampstead is an open-air platform and the shelters don't really help."

Shuresh said he would be putting in a claim for a refund on his train ticket.

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