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A family of three had a miraculous escape when their car was crushed in an accident with an articulated vehicle 35 years ago.

The Banbury Guardian reported the incident on July 26, 1979. Pub landlord James Harding, 58, of Vine Cottage, Fritwell was travelling with his wife Heather, 36, and their 12-year-old son Alastair. All three escaped with slight injuries when their car was battered by hundreds of falling wooden pallets. They were waiting at Adderbury traffic lights, when suddenly Mr Harding saw wooden pallets raining down on the BMW and yelled to his wife and son to get down. “We would have had it if it had been a weaker car, Mr Harding said. “The roof was very strong. I just shouted to my wife to get down and my little boy huddled into the floor at the back. There was a terrific crash.”

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