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Frazer Daubney was working with a colleague installing a burglar alarm at a house on Ranby Road, Greystones.

The tree hit the tailgate of the van, smashing the rear window and crashed on the road.

Shocked Frazer, from Stannington, who works for Mayson Security on Broadfield Road, Heeley, had just got out of the van and walked into the house.

He said: “I could easily have been fetching a ladder. I’ve got all my tools in the back.”

The 21-year-old alarm engineer said had he been parked slightly further up the road, the tree could have could have crushed his van.

He and colleague Tony Amies were alerted by a child who had seen the tree falling and knocked on the door of the house where they were working.

John May, director of Mayson Security, said: “He’d only just left the van and gone inside when it happened. Had Frazer still been outside fetching tools from the back of the van at the time, the tree would have killed him, so he is very, very lucky.

“Frazer is fine though. He has taken it all in his stride - that’s the kind of employee he is.”

Frazer and a replacement van were back at the house yesterday. The fallen tree had been cleared by council workers.

Mr May, whose firm employs six people, said: “The tree has caused around £2,000 of damage to the van because it smashed the rear windscreen and dented the tailgate - but the cost is covered by insurance.”

Unusually strong gusts of wind had pedestrians struggling to walk through Sheffield city centre.

High sided vehicles were banned from the M1 Tinsley Viaduct at junction 34 as a precaution, and traffic was diverted via the A631 below the motorway.

A driver had a lucky escape when his lorry was blown off the north-bound carriageway of the A1(M). It careered down an embankment between Wadworth and Warmsworth.

John Hammond, of the Meteorological Office, said: “We had winds of up to 50mph in Sheffield itself, which reached 65mph on the Peak District Moors.

“The strong winds were unusual for the time of year.”