Giant letter ‘A’ writes off car parked outside Grangemouth superstore

Grangemouth store's Asda sign missing the front of it's letter 'A'
Grangemouth store's Asda sign missing the front of it's letter 'A'

A young motorist cheated death when a giant “A” from an Asda superstore sign blew off in the wind and missed him by inches.

Unfortunately the massive green letter then smashed into Greg Shea’s £30,000 Mercedes A Class AMG which he had bought just four months earlier, writing it off completely.

Greg Shea and his  Mercedes A Class AMG

Greg Shea and his Mercedes A Class AMG

The incident happened just after 6.30 p.m. last Saturday in the car park of Asda Grangemouth.

Greg (24), of Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, said: “I was walking back to my car and had just unlocked the central locking when I heard someone shout ‘get back’.

“I looked to see who was shouting at me and then I saw this big A flying by - it missed us by inches.

“It was like something out of the film ‘Final Destination’. It’s really fortunate no one was hurt or killed because the car park was packed.

Greg Shea's damaged Mercedes A Class AMG

Greg Shea's damaged Mercedes A Class AMG

“It crashed down on my car. The roof was dented, most of the right hand driver side of the car was damaged and the window and windscreen shattered.

“I might have been a goner if I had been sitting in the car.”

The electrician was actually sitting in his car just minutes before the incident. He had parked near the ATM machine and his pal was going into the store to buy some beer.

“I would normally have just sat there and waited for him, but I wasn’t sure what beer I wanted so I decided to go in with him.”

Greg Shea's damaged Mercedes A Class AMG

Greg Shea's damaged Mercedes A Class AMG

Greg said he was concerned over the safety of the other letters in the store’s sign, especially in these recent high winds, and contacted them this week to make his feelings clear.

An Asda spokesperson said: “There was a weather related incident at the Grangemouth store on Saturday evening due to the incredibly strong winds.

“Part of the ‘A’ of the Asda sign was blown down and hit a customer’s car. No one was injured and the area was cordoned off and made safe.

“Our store is liaising with the customer whose car was damaged to resolve this quickly.”