HEART-STOPPING dashcam footage captured the moment a loose chimney fell through the rear window of a parked Mercedes – narrowly missing the passengers.
Steven and Sharon Lothian were shocked when the stack smashed through their car while they were parked up on Hawick High Street yesterday.
Steven, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, was “five seconds” away from standing exactly where the large piece of stonework fell.
The 44-year-old’s rear dashcam managed to capture the stone falling from the top of the Burtons and Dorothy Perkins clothing store building.
In the video, the rear bonnet pops up automatically as Steven was just about to leave to grab something from the boot.
As the bonnet swings open, the chimney can be seen toppling off the edge of the building in the reflection.
It collides with the boot, smashing through the rear window in the process and knocking the dashcam off from its holder.
As it does this, the car violently shakes and a terrified Sharon can be heard shouting: “What the f***!”
After a few seconds of silence, she continues: “What the hell was that?!”
Subsequent images taken by Steven show the damage caused by the loose stonework with the rear window of his black Mercedes completely ruined.
Speaking today, Steven, who works as a subduct operator, said: “I went out for some shopping and I had just parked up.
“Opened the automatic boot about to get out and it came crashing down.
“Five seconds later I would be where it landed.”
He continued: “I’m waiting on insurance coming back to me.
“They said it will affect my no claims and the price will go up even though it’s not my fault because no-one else was involved.”
Steven’s image of his car made its way onto Facebook and left social media users stunned.
Nicola Lynn said: “Very lucky no one was hurt. Someone watching over you. Would be getting the lottery on.”
Emma Law posted: “How terrifying! Glad you’re ok… Someone definitely looking out for you today!”
Lorraine Reay commented: “God, imagine if it had landed on a person geezo.”
A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council today said: “We can confirm that the Council’s Building Standards section was informed and visited the location yesterday.
“Whilst there was no obvious signs of further loose masonry from ground level, the area immediately outside the property will remain cordoned off until the property’s owner has further investigations carried out.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said : “We received a report of a car being damaged after masonry fell from a building in High Street, Hawick at around 4pm on Sunday, 4 April.
“Officers cordoned off the area and the local authority were contacted.”