Cars flattened by falling wall in weather chaos
Last updated at 15:51, Tuesday, 18 October 2011
WET and windy weather wreaked havoc across south Cumbria last night.
High winds and rain caused chaos and kept emergency crews busy as they were called out to a string of incidents.
Police were called out to reports of a fallen tree on a section of the A590 just outside of Ulverston at 4.38pm.
Highways Agency workers chopped off parts of the branches in a bid to clear the road, while police directed traffic safely around it.
In a separate incident, five cars were damaged, with four almost completely crushed, after a wall collapsed opposite the former Alfred Barrow School, Duke Street, Barrow at around 5.30pm.
Shocked witnesses looked on in disbelief and captured photographs on their mobile phones as police, fire and vehicle recovery crews arrived at the scene.
Police cordoned off the area surrounding the cars and diverted traffic after firefighters from the Barrow station carried out a safety inspection.
Michael Martin, from Walney, was attending a parent and teachers’ meeting inside the former Alfred Barrow School, which is being used by Barrow Island Primary School.
He came out to find his black BMW had been flattened.
Mr Martin said: “I was in the classroom and heard a big bang. I came out to reception and saw the wall had fallen down on to my car.
“I could repeat my first reaction – but it wouldn’t be pleasant.”
Owain Miln, owner of Daddy’s Cafe in Barrow Market, got a phone call to say his catering van had been a victim in the crush.
Mr Miln said: “I’m gutted, just gutted. I own a catering business so this van is my livelihood. I come here and park it at 3am every day because that’s when I start work.”
Firefighters were called out to two incidents where chimneys had collapsed at houses in Marsden Street and Cameron Street in Barrow between 5.45pm and 6.15pm.
They attended Greengate Junior School, Barrow shortly after following reports that part of the roof was hanging off.
A crew worked to make two sections of roof safe.
A spokeswoman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: “As far as we are aware, no persons have been injured as a result of the incidents. We had a very busy period but everything died down after a while.”
Trains between Barrow and Lancaster were cancelled at around 6.30pm after a tree fell near Ulverston, obstructing the line.
National Rail workers were called out to clear the line, but journeys were delayed or cancelled throughout the evening.
First published at 21:23, Monday, 17 October 2011
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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How many more walls are there in Barrow which could be unstable during high winds, and lets face it, the winds weren't THAT bad!
Who would have guessed that this wall would tumble as it did? What if someone was walking by when it happened... you, me, a pensioner...child?
It's to be hoped that none of them are insured with Lloyds TSB.I'm still fighting a claim with these people after 10 months of my wall falling down...they hate honouring a claim but very happy to keep taking the premium payments.Makes you wonder why we take any insurance out at all when it comes to claiming!