SCAFFOLDING at a supermarket collapsed during high winds damaging customers’ cars.
Nobody was hurt when the incident happened at Mold’s Aldi store in the town centre yesterday but the store was closed for several hours.
At least six cars parked in the store’s car park were trapped beneath the fallen scaffolding leaving some shoppers stranded with shopping.
Jim and Beryl Warmby, from Buckley, had just completed a week’s shop when they learned their car had been partially crushed.
“We were just checking out and the girl asked us where we’d parked our car,” said Mr Warmby.
The fallen structure and the area around it had been cordoned off so it was difficult to see the extent of damage to the trapped vehicles.
But a contractor said that as well as a smashed windscreen and damaged bonnet, the front of Mr Warmby’s car’s roof had been bent out of shape.
Mr Warmby said he would need his car next week as he had important hospital appointments to attend.
With work under way to replace tiles to the roof, scaffolding had been in place for at least two weeks according to contractors at the scene.
Roofer John Albert, who had been having lunch when the scaffolding fell, said the structure was high enough that it could have led to a serious accident.
Other witnesses expressed their relief that no one had been hurt.
John Edwards from Mold had been passing the store with his daughter Joanne when they saw what happened.
“Someone could have been getting out of their car,” he said.
An Aldi spokesman said the store was temporarily closed after the collapse of the scaffolding.
“Although nobody was hurt in the incident, we evacuated and closed the store,” he said, “and our contractors have worked alongside local fire officers to make sure the area is safe for all customers.”
The spokesman said the store was reopened at about 4.30pm.