Plumber Michael Comber was inside this van just 40 minutes before a roof blew off in high winds and crushed it.
The dad-of-one admits he’s lucky to be alive after his work van was wrecked outside his Heysham home during 100mph gusts that battered the county.
His narrow escape was part of a catalogue of damage and destruction across the district, including:
A Sainsbury’s worker was injured after she was hit on the head with a fence panel.
Windows were blown out and part of the roof collapsed at a disused building in Heysham.
Part of the M6 was closed after two lorries blew over.
Trains were suspended between Lancaster and Preston due to trees on the line.
Michael, 43, of Sandylands Court, Heysham, said: “It missed me by about 40 minutes. My van was parked at the rear of the building in a private parking area.
“When I came out it was pretty much squashed.
“With the timescale, just 40 minutes, I was lucky to get away with it. It just makes you appreciate every day as it is.
“The car is a write-off, the driver’s side is caved in because there’s a lot of weight in the roof.
“Part of the roof from the adjacent building fell on my Peugeot van and part of it fell down the lift shafts of the building, making them unusable.
“The roof has only been on for a couple of years.
“My eight-year-old daughter was very upset because I could have died.
“Luckily no-one was hurt.”