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Terrifying moment TOPPLES truck on the highway during storm Eunice gales, before motorists scramble to save the driver

THIS is the terrifying moment a lorry overturns on a motorway as Cyclone Eunice ravages the UK at 122mph gales.

Motorists scrambled to save the driver after the heart-pounding crash on the northbound M40 near Bicester, Oxfordshire.

This is the horrifying moment a truck overturned on a highway in high winds - almost lost a truck

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This is the horrifying moment a truck overturned on a highway in high winds – almost lost a truckCredit: Biblical Contents
The truck driver escaped with only scratches after the accident

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The truck driver escaped with only scratches after the accidentCredit: Biblical Contents

Incredibly, the motorcyclist got out without serious injuries. A truck passed in the middle lane before the truck overturned.

A motorist who captured dashcam footage of the crash, which occurred when an 84 km/h blast hit the motorway, said conditions were “terrible”.

“I stopped in front of the truck and rushed out to check that he was okay,” he said.

“Two other boys ran around and helped me climb onto the top of the truck and pull him out.”

The hero said the victim was “shaken” – but unharmed.

“He’s fine,” he said.

“He had a few cuts on his face and was shaking, but all was well.

It comes as:

“The weather conditions were terrible in terms of wind.

“In a way, my reaction was just blank.

“It was just a shock to see what was happening.”

Two lorries were also blown up on the M4 between Porthcawl and Margam in Wales when gusts of 90mph blew just before 11am.

Tragically, Three Britons and one Irishman are believed to have been killed by today’s storm.

A woman in her thirties, a passenger in a car, died in Haringey, London when a tree falls on the car.

A man in his 30s behind the wheel was taken to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

In Hampshire, A man in his 20s was killed and a second man was seriously injured when a 10-foot tree fell in the market town of Alton.

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A man in his 50s was killed when debris pierced the windshield of a car in Merseyside.

And a man in his 60s died in Co Wexford when he was crushed by a tree while clearing debris.

In another development, three people were taken to hospital – one seriously – after a tree fell on a car in Wiltshire, while two others were injured in a balcony collapse in London.

Extreme weather conditions have caused two rare red weather warningsmeans ‘danger to life’.

The number of gales today is believed to be the highest ever recorded in the UK, according to the Met Office.

Roads across the country were closed after trees fell on carriageways.

Airports have canceled hundreds of flights and the Port of Dover is temporarily closed during the worst weather.

STORM KILLER

South Western Rail said there were at least 30 fallen trees blocking key routes and as a result all services were suspended until this evening.

Six other operators have also canceled all trains until further notice, including c2c, Chiltern Railways, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Southeastern and Transport for Wales.

Both red warnings, in effect for southern England and Wales, have now lapsed, meaning the strongest possible gusts of wind are over.

This is the first time London has been covered by such a warning.

In Croydon, Incredible footage shows pedestrians being flung off their feet.

Part of the roof at O2 was also ripped off, with staff warning the place could be closed for months.

RECORD GALES

The hardest hit area – Isle of Wight – this morning recorded gusts of 122mph.

The gale there was even stronger than in Great storm of 1987 when 18 people died.

Meanwhile, a major outage has been declared in Suffolk, while 55,000 homes, farms and businesses lost power this morning in Ireland and another 85,000 were left in the dark across England and the UK Wales.

And more than 100 people were stranded on a ferry in the middle of the ocean off Portsmouth.

About 90 passengers and 13 crew members were on board the Wightlink ferry, which was forced to anchor in dangerous conditions.

An amber warning remains in place until 9pm.

The yellow snow and ice warnings for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will lapse later this evening.

More yellow warnings for ice, wind and rain were issued over the weekend and into Monday.

The houses in the South will face an explosive battle again tomorrow.

Wind speeds are expected to be up to 60 mph over the Bristol Channel and along the south coast of England, and around 50 mph inland.

A man in his 20s was killed in Alton, Hampshire today when a tree fell on a lorry

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A man in his 20s was killed in Alton, Hampshire today when a tree fell on a lorryCredit: Solent
Britain has faced its worst storm in decades now, with 122mph winds recorded off the Isle of Wight - the highest ever in the UK

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Britain has faced its worst storm in decades now, with winds of 122mph recorded off the Isle of Wight – the highest ever in the UKCredit: AFP
Trees fell across the country, causing four tragedies in the UK and Ireland

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Trees fell across the country, causing four tragedies in the UK and IrelandCredits: eddie mitchell

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