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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use (). A MASSIVE roof was tonight blown onto a busy high street – as punters below miraculously escaped injury.  Police and paramedics rushed to the scene after the horror incident in which the metal structure plummeted onto Slough High Street.  Cars were crushed and tons of debris sent tumbling onto the ground below after the drama at around 6pm tonight.  Shocking footage of the incident shows large crowds at the scene as emergency crews arrived this evening.  But ambulance crews confirmed everyone escaped injury.  It comes as Storm Brendan caused havoc across the UK with gales of up to 80mph forcing airlines to divert flights, closing schools and leaving thousands without power.  Witnesses have told of their horror as the apartment block’s roof came crashing down onto the street.  Taxi driver Haris Baig, 30, said he was just metres away from being caught under the structure.  He said: “At first I thought it was scaffolding, but then I realised the whole roof had come down.  “There was a massive amount of noise. I was about 15 metres away and slammed on my brakes.  “I got out to see if everyone was alright. That was my first reaction, but at the same time I was thinking is this even safe?”  Mr Baig said he did not see anyone injured, but heard that one person had broken their leg.  He added: “It was a disaster. It was a miracle no one was killed.”  A large police cordon remains in place around the scene of the incident, with part of the metal roof still propped up against the apartment building. ‘IT WAS A DISASTER’  A white van, with its hazard lights flashing, can also be seen underneath the metal structure.  Balconies on the top floor of the apartment block have been covered with yellow insulation, with much of it still being blown off the roof by strong winds.  Sebastian Rejnisz, 44, who lives in the affected building, said: “I was moving my car out the back at the time when I heard a boom. I just thought it was the bins.  “I then went in and opened the front door [of the building] and saw the roof was on the street.  “Everyone was just running around.”  South Central Ambulance Service said: “We are at Slough High Street with Thames Valley Police, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Slough Council.  “A roof from a block of flats has been blown across the road which is now closed.  “Fortunately, no injuries currently and final checks being undertaken to confirm no one is under the debris.”  A spokesman for Slough Council said: “We are aware of the incident in Slough High Street and specialist officers are on route to assist emergency services.  “Please avoid the area if at all possible and take note of road closures.  “Congestion is heavy so please be patient.”

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