A family have had a lucky escape after a huge tree came crashing down on top of their car in Portlaoise as the massive storm swept through Laois, Wednesday, February 12.
Colette Brennan, her mother and three of her children were in the car with her when the incident occurred near Portlaoise’s hospital on the Block Road around 4.30pm. The youngest child was aged just 14 weeks.
“I’m just in shock. It was so surreal, the size of the tree. At least we’re alive though that’s the main thing,” she told the Leinster Express at the scene.
Ms Brennan said her family was saved because of the way the huge tree fell.
“It was hard to describe. It was like the weight of the tree almost swept the car to one side and that’s what saved our live,” she said.
A garda on the scene said that there had been reports of fallen trees and other damage from all over Laois but that nobody had been reported injured.
The tree is being cleared but the road which is an access road to Portlaoise’s hospital from the main N80 was blocked overnight and is still closed.