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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Pair ‘lucky to walk away’ after torn-off Barrow roof smashes into car

A SHOCKED couple were “lucky to walk away” after a Barrow garage roof torn away in high winds smashed into their car.

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SHOCK Daniel Helm and his fiancée Jennifer Dawson with their new car after the old one was written off after it was smashed by a garage roof torn from a building in the storm HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50059513B004

Daniel Helm, 22, from Coniston Avenue in Dalton, was driving down Holker Street in Barrow with his partner Jennifer Dawson when he heard an “almighty bang”.

The roof, which had been torn from a nearby building in the storms that battered Cumbria on Wednesday, left the car beyond repair.

Mr Helm said: “I was driving along down Holker Street when I heard an almighty bang.

“It had shattered the windscreen, there was a hole in the dashboard and the back passenger window got put through.

“We didn’t know what had happened. We both got out of the car and I found the roof lying on two other cars.”

After Mr Helm saw the damage to the vehicles, he phoned the police.

He said: “They weren’t going to come out at first; they said it wasn’t a police matter but I told them they should because it was partially blocking the road.

“What really shocked me is that, apart from one woman, nobody stopped to help. People were stopping to take pictures but nobody checked if we were OK.”

“Afterwards we felt absolute shock. I have been in pain for the last few days.”

Mr Helm said since the accident his fiancée had been to the doctors and taken a week off her job as a cleaner in Tesco Metro.

He added: “When we came back the next day and saw the damage to the garage, we realised how lucky we were to walk away from it.”

Have your say

The police have better things to do like walking the streets like they used to do. Now they just sit in there cars and arrive after the incident. More police walking the streets please i forgot it is Winter no chance.

Posted by neil on 19 February 2014 at 09:25

12 mins for a response on a night such as that is not bad.

Just one question to the kids in the story - what the hell were you doing out in that weather anyway? There were enough reports of the weather coming in so why did you not use a little common sense and stay indoors, rather than blaming everyone else and then expecting them to cough up for their own stupidity!

Posted by Smelly Bob on 18 February 2014 at 15:08

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