Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Fallen tree narrowly misses family’s home

A Belfast man has spoken of his family’s miraculous escape after a huge 150-year-old tree was felled as strong winds battered Northern Ireland.

Terry Sloan was in his home with his wife Maura and two sons, David and Andrew, when the tree came crashing down.

It smashed into a car parked at the front of his home at Old Coach Road in Upper Malone, landing close to the house.

Strong winds which battered parts of Northern Ireland are thought to have brought the tree down around 9.30pm on Saturday evening.

Yesterday, branches, leaves and debris were still visible, showing just how close the tree came to hitting the home.

Mr Sloan said it was fortunate that no-one had been seriously injured. “It stopped about three or four feet from the house,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“The main thing was that no-one was hurt or injured.”

In a separate incident, a woman escaped serious injury after wind caused a security barrier to crash through her windscreen in Co Londonderry.

It is thought the barrier swung in the wind as the woman was driving out of the car park at Dungiven Castle. She was taken to hospital.