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Watch how this man narrowly escapes being crushed by a giant billboard in southern China

Motorist’s quick thinking prevents a pit stop to buy breakfast from ending in tragedy

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 2:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 2:15pm

A man in southeast China had a narrow escape when a massive advertising hoarding was blown from a rooftop and landed on his car just as he was about to get in it, Chinese media reported.

The incident happened in Jinjiang, Fujian province, on Wednesday morning, the day Typhoon Hato tore through southern China, reported the same day.

Video footage from a surveillance camera shows the man crossing the street to his vehicle. Just as he is unlocking the door, he looks up and sees the huge metal frame come hurtling down towards him. Wasting no time, he dashes away, and the hoarding crashes down on top of his car.

The man, who was not named, was quoted as saying that he felt lucky to have escaped unhurt, but was still in a state of shock. He said he had only stopped to buy his breakfast at a shop across the street.

No one was hurt in the incident, the report said, but the footage showed the man’s car was badly damaged.

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Police discovered that the advertising board had been blown from the roof of a nearby apartment building, where it had been lying untethered, the report said. It added that the hoarding had not been properly erected because of a dispute between its owner and the local authorities.