Car wrecked by fallen chimney in Market Harborough

Picture sent in by Michael Cooper
Picture sent in by Michael Cooper

High winds in Market Harborough caused this chimney pot to be ripped from the roof a house and crash land in the centre of the home owner’s car.

The incident happened in St Mary’s Road in the town at about 11am this morning (Wednesday).

House and car owner Mick Thorpe said: “I’d just been looking out of the window and saying to my wife Ann how the car was shaking because the wind was so strong. I guess it was gusting at 80, 90 miles an hour.

“The next minute there was a crash and I looked again and saw my car had been altered. You don’t know anyone who wants a steam-powered car do you?”

Firefighters briefly attended the scene and cordoned off the immediate area.

Mr Thorpe, a retired driver for former Harborough firm Tungsten Batteries, said he was just relieved that no one was hurt in the incident.

He said he hoped the car, a Vauxhall Zafira, would be replaced by his insurance company.

Mr Thorpe added: “People have started to drive by the house, just to take photos of the car. I might send a picture to VW as an idea for a modification they can use to reduce emissions!”