Falling tree nearly crushes cyclist

6:09am October 29, 2013
October 29, 2013: A cyclist in Amsterdam was lucky to escape a toppling tree, with Hurricane-strength winds battering the Netherlands.

Wary pedestrians are hoofing it and others are screaming but the cyclist appears unaware of the mortal danger as he pedals into the path of a massive, toppling tree.

The trunk bends under the force of 136kmh/ winds until its roots snap and it comes crashing down onto the pavement, near a canal in central Amsterdam, missing the cyclist by a whisker.

But he does not escape the impact of the large, leafy branches that came down with it.

Footage shows the cyclist being knocked to the ground, reportedly sustaining only minor injuries.

Nearby a woman was killed by a different falling tree as she walked along a canal, according to local news reports.

The fierce storm sweeping across northern Europe today brought down thousands of trees and caused the mass cancellation of train services across The Netherlands.

Amsterdam's fire brigade recommended people stay indoors as authorities closed the city's Vondelpark because of the risk of falling trees.

Source: LiveLeak
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Emma Chamberlain

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