‘Storm picked up my van like a paper bag’

Chris Roberts - seen here on a rather less windy day than the one which saw his van blown off the A83 during Storm Henry - says he can't believe he and his colleague Tracey Minnes escaped from the accident with only bumps and bruises.

Chris Roberts - seen here on a rather less windy day than the one which saw his van blown off the A83 during Storm Henry - says he can't believe he and his colleague Tracey Minnes escaped from the accident with only bumps and bruises.

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A Rothesay businessman has described his lucky escape after the van he was driving was blown off the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful during Storm Henry.

Chris Roberts, of 1st Choice Budget Removal Transport, and his colleague Tracey Minnes escaped with only bumps and bruises after the last of several strong gusts blew their vehicle off the road and down the hillside on Monday morning, rolling four or five times as it went.

The pair had travelled via the longer route to Glasgow after the Rothesay ferry was suspended due to bad weather - though Chris told us that until they reached the exposed section of the A83 near the ‘Rest’, the wind had been no worse than normal.

“As we got to a bend in the road a big gust hit the van,” Chris said, “then another lifted it up like a paper bag.”

* Read Chris’s story in full in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 4.

You can view a short video on Facebook, showing where the van came to rest, by clicking here (footage taken by Jason Ferguson).