09:45AM, Monday 30 July 2012
The disaster happened at 3pm yesterday as a team of men working for Cllr Colin Rayner - a leading farmer in the area - were harvesting his crop of oil seed rape at Stubbins Farm in Burchetts Green Lane, Burchetts Green.
The field is one of three used by Cllr Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury), whose headquarters are based at Berkyn Manor Farm, Stanwell Road, Horton.
While his men worked to harvest the crop the heavens suddenly opened and a massive hailstorm erupted. It split open the dry pods in which the oil seed rape is contained, spilling the contents on the ground.
Cllr Rayner said: "I lost 50 per cent of the crop in 15 minutes. Nobody dared ring me to let me know to start off.
"I had a very nervous drive to my field at Henley after that to see what damage had happened there. But thankfully it was unaffacted."
The loss of so much of his crop will cost Cllr Rayner an estimated £18,000.
Paramedics were called to the scene of a medical emergency in Maidenhead on Monday morning (June 27).
All lines are currently blocked between Reading and London Paddington stations due to a person being hit by a train.