Sheldon Tingley said he’s lucky to be alive after a falling tree crushed his car — while he was in the driver’s seat — early yesterday.
Tingley went out to his car for a cigarette just after midnight, while the Windsor area was being battered by 100 km/h winds. Before he lit the smoke, an uprooted tree crashed into the top of his Chrysler.
“I was just there, I had my radio on a little bit, I was just about to have a cigarette, and then I just couldn’t move,” said the 23-year old next to his heavily damaged vehicle.
“Two guys came over and pulled me out,” he said, adding he got out with just a scrape.
Tingley’s story was one of the more dramatic yesterday, as powerful winds battered the Maritimes, downing trees and power lines.
Across town in Windsor, 13 residents were evacuated from the Kingsway Gardens, a retirement residence, after a partial roof collapse.
Environment Canada issued wind warnings across the region yesterday, with gusts in the range of 100 km/h or more in many places and up to 140 km/h in western Cape Breton.
The entire Maritimes was also hit with heavy rains.
– with files from The Canadian Press