Lord's Cricket Ground January 18, 2007

Lord's loses roof as gales hit UK

Cricinfo staff

A wrecked Mercedes lies under a section of the Tavern Stand roof after high winds swept across England © Getty Images
Two cars have been hit by a flying section of roof, and their occupants taken to hospital, after Lord's Cricket Ground fell victim to the gale-force winds that have been buffeting Britain all day.

According to eye-witnesses at the ground, a sizeable section of the roof of the Tavern Stand, on the South-Eastern perimeter of the ground, was torn off in the winds and deposited in the neighbouring St John's Wood Road.

One car was fully enveloped by the roof, with the rear window smashed, and the driver is currently being treated for shock at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The incident occurred at midday on Thursday, and the road remained closed a full three hours later.

That wasn't the only misfortune to befall the ground, as a tree was also blown down in the gales, and is currently wedged between Grove End Road and the Harris Memorial Gardens, behind the pavilion on the eastern side of the ground.