(KMOV.com) -- Several people are lucky to be alive after their cars were crushed by a gas station's canopy during powerful storms in Ferguson on Friday night.
The collapse happened at a Phillips 66 gas station on Old Halls Ferry and Dunn Rd.
According to a witness, two cars were parked beneath the canopy while storms passed through the area. High winds apparently caused the canopy to collapse, trapping a man in one vehicle and a family in the other.
A gas station employee said he rushed over to help a mother and her two children escape from their vehicle, which was flattened by the canopy.
"I didn't hesitate," said Anthony Johnson. "'Cause, you know, I was fine, so I wanted to make sure everyone was okay."
The family was able to escape the vehicle without any injuries.
On Friday night, an EF-3 tornado went on a 22-mile damage path through the southern and eastern parts of St. Charles into north St. Louis County. Wind speeds were estimated between 136 and 165 mph.