Former tv presenter has narrow escape as tree crashes down

Photo: Liesbeth van der Raaij
A tree on cars in another part of town. Photo: Liesbeth van der Raay

Former television presenter Ellemieke Vermolen had a narrow escape during Friday afternoon’s storm when a tree almost hit her car as she was driving through a street in the south of Amsterdam.

Vermolen recognised her car in the video and urged people to stay home and be careful.  ‘I just had a tree on my car,’ she said, next to a photo of the damage. ‘I had so much luck that it hit the back.’

Three people were killed in the Amsterdam region and around 5pm, police issued an NL-Alert, warning everyone to stay home because of the ‘extreme weather conditions’.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation