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Cars crushed by gas station canopy during storms in Ferguson

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By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller
By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller
By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

(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.

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