Two recycling workers had a lucky escape when a huge tree toppled onto their van.
Chris Lloyd and Billy Harwood of Poole-based W&S Recycling Services escaped unhurt after a 70ft oak tree fell on the top of their van at traffic lights in Ferndown in Dorset.
Driver Lloyd joked “God loves you” to apprentice Harwood after stopping at traffic lights next to St Mary’s Church, seconds before the incident.
According to the Bournemouth Echo (photo above), a large branch prevented the trunk from crushing the van. Shocked motorists were able to drive through the gap between the tree and the vehicle.
Both occupants climbed out of the windows as they were unable to open the doors.
Lloyd was reported to have said: “Billy was feeling a bit down and I turned to him and joked ‘God loves you’.
“Then the tree came down straight onto the top of the truck just behind where we were. We couldn’t open the doors.
“We heard the crunching as it came down and afterwards we climbed out of the windows. We’re pretty shaken. The ambulance checked us over. And the truck looks like it’s a write-off.”