Hurricane Winds collapse fencing onto cars in Derry

A number of cars have been damaged after gusts from Hurricane Gonzalo blew 10ft high fencing on top of them outside a busy toy shop in Derry.

Quick thinking staff from Smyths Toy Store off the Strand Road used their forklifts in order to free some of the vehicles trapped under the heavy fencing.

Kevin Doherty from Smyths Toy Store beside some of the cars damaged when a high fence collapsed on them.

Kevin Doherty from Smyths Toy Store beside some of the cars damaged when a high fence collapsed on them.

The collapse happened on Tuesday afternoon and efforts were being made at the scene to find out who the owners of the large patch of empty ground surrounded by the fencing are, and to make contact with them.

Kevin Doherty, assistant manager at Smyths Toy store described what happened.

He said: “The fence has blown down because of the strong winds coming off the back of that Hurricane.

“I was in the shop and there was a girl, her car was stuck underneath, and we had to bring the forklift round to get her out.

“We have dug out three or four cards as it is, and we are waiting on people coming back to salvage these other two.

“Hopefully then we can start the read up and get things back to normal.”

A Belfast businessman who had stopped off in Derry for lunch along the quay with colleagues, said he was shocked to see his Mercedes under a pile of fencing upon his return.

He added however that it would have been worse if there had been someone in the vehicle at the time.