Lucky escape in tree horror

Neil Bostock was driving to work when branches came crashing down on his van
Neil Bostock was driving to work when branches came crashing down on his van
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THIS was the scene when a former Fylde electrician came within seconds of being crushed by a falling tree.

Neil Bostock was driving to work when branches came crashing down on his van.

Thankfully the worst of the impact hit the front end of his vehicle – smashing through the windscreen but narrowly avoiding the driver.

Mr Bostock, 46, who grew up in Cleveleys and is a former pupil of Montgomery High School, was on his way to a job on the Isle of Man during gale force winds when the incident happened on Tuesday.

He said: “I was going from one job to another and the next thing a tree came crashing down on my vehicle.

“I froze for a moment in shock at what had happened, and then I had to put my shoulder against the door to get out of the van.

“When I looked at the vehicle, I couldn’t believe how lucky I had been because a couple of feet further forward and the tree would have been on my head.

“As it was, I managed to get out without a scratch on me.

“I went to hospital for a check up but everything was fine.”

Mr Bostock, who moved to the island in 1996, was recovering at home in Douglas with his wife Audrey.

He was driving on the Castletown Old Road, between Castletown and Douglas, when the accident happened at about 11.15am.

He added: “The road was closed for about three hours afterwards while the wreckage was cleared up, and the van is a write off.”

The Met Office said there had been gale force winds on the island, with gusts of up to 70mph.