Driver escapes injury in storm
COBAKI'S Dave Patsiner thinks he has a pretty good reason to invest in a lottery ticket.
He and his daughter Laura Rose were driving home from shopping on Sunday afternoon when they were caught in a short, sharp storm which struck the West Tweed region mid-afternoon.
"We were heading along the Piggabeen Road when we were hit by torrential rain," Mr Patsiner said.
"I pulled off to the side of the road at first and then, after waiting a little while, thought it wasn't too bad and so I started driving again.
"The rain was heavy but not enough that I couldn't see ahead of me, though I was concerned that the stretch of road just past the Broadwater Village might be flooded.
"The further we went, the heavier the rain got and I could just make out a car parked on the opposite side of the road up ahead of me.
"I though he had flashed his lights to warn me about something and I stopped and could see a tree down across the road."
Mr Patsiner said he realised he would not be able to go any further so decided to reverse up.
"Just as I did, another tree came crashing down in front of us, right where we had been," Mr Patsiner said.
"As we were going backwards, another tree came down be- hind us, but fortunatley it got caught in the bough of another big tree on the oppositie side of the road which bore the weight of it.
"We were very lucky that the car only suffered minor damage from a branch and not from the full weight of the fallen tree.
"We had no option but to stay in the car. When it was over, we got out, I saw four other trees down behind us. Laura was pretty scared but she stayed calm."