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Yeovil man's miracle escape as tree crushes car on A30

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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A Yeovil man walked away with no more than a grazed ankle after a huge tree fell on top of his car.

Adrian Hussey, 48, was trapped in his Honda Accord on the A30 in West Coker on Thursday afternoon.

The horror took place as winds and heavy rainfall lashed Somerset causing widespread flooding.

Fellow motorists helped Mr Hussey, of Lyde Road, from his crushed vehicle.

He said: “I was driving through West Coker and heard a loud creaking noise. It was really screeching and then there was a sharp crack and the tree fell straight on top of the car.

“The bonnet was crushed and the door would only open a little bit. The driver in front stopped and walked back down shouting to me.

“I called back and with the help of some other drivers they managed to pull the door open and get me out through all the branches.

“The only injury I had was a bit of grazing when I was climbing through the branches.”

Mr Hussey, who is married with two children, works at Tods Aerospace, Cropmead, Crewkerne.

He said: “Everyone keeps saying I cheated death.

“The paramedic wrote on his notes that I was lucky to be alive.

“I have been having flashbacks and can’t believe what happened. You dread to think what could have happened.”

The A30 was closed until Friday afternoon while the tree was cleared.

In South Petherton floods hit shops and homes in the village including the Co-operative store.

Mark Bowden, 37, of St James Street, was left devastated after floodwater drenched the ground floor of his home.

He said: “I was sat with my children when one of them pointed out a puddle in the corner. Within an hour we were about six inches of water.

“It was coming through the door, the floor and the walls.

“We tried to do what we could but we’ve lost a lot including sofas, TV, carpets, the kids’ PlayStation, tables, chairs, the fridge and washing machine.

“I’m not sure whether I’ll be up and running by Christmas.”


Wednesday, November 28

Photos: A second week of November flood damage in Somerset

Sunday, November 25

Video: Tidal wave of flood water wipes out A361 road in Somerset

Photos: Severe flooding on the A361 and Somerset Levels

Photos: Mid Somerset floods on the levels

Video: Flooding in Bathpool after River Tone bursts its banks

Photos: Flooding as River Tone bursts its banks at Bathpool

Photos: An angry River Frome floods again

Friday, November 23

Photos: November floods cause chaos in Somerset

Video: Village main road turned into river as torrential rain hits Somerset

Wednesday, November 21

Video: Flooding causes traffic chaos and road closures in Somerset

Video: Willowbrook Garden Centre devastated by A38 flooding near Taunton

Photos: Flooding in South Somerset

Photos: Flooding around Mid-Somerset

Photos: Flood chaos on roads around Taunton and Wellington

Photos: Floods at French Weir Park in Taunton

Photos: Taunton floods - police cordon off River Tone areas

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