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'Miracle' driver alive after tree crushes van

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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A HAYLE man had a "miraculous" escape when a tree crushed the van he was driving.

Jason Blight was driving on the Lizard on Monday afternoon when the large tree fell directly onto his white van.

Emergency services said it was a "miracle" that Mr Blight had escaped from his crushed van unharmed.

Mr Blight told the BBC: "I am still in shock, after such a life-threatening thing like that.

"I heard this almighty crack and there was this tree coming down. I hit the brakes and braced myself.

"I honestly thought that was me gone. I said my prayers. All that was going through my mind was my family.

"I opened my eyes and saw the smashed glass. I managed to open the door. There was a person behind me who ran over. The first words he said were, 'I honestly thought I was going to find a dead body'.

"The fire officer came over and said he wanted to shake one lucky man by the hand."

Police and fire crews were in attendance and a spokesman for the fire service described the escape as "a miracle" and said the driver was "very lucky" to have avoided injury.

"Fortunately, when the tree fell, large branches came down around the main body of the van, leaving the driver unharmed," they said.

The road was closed for several hours and the tree was later removed.

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