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High winds may have caused a gas station canopy to collapse

January 9, 2019

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — High winds are believed to have caused a canopy to collapse at a gas station in Monroeville.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Monroeville Fire Chief Scott Feyes says there were pretty strong winds at the time of the collapse Tuesday at 1855 Haymaker Rd.

Feyes says two vehicles estimated to weigh at least 3 tons (2.72 metric tons) were partially crushed beneath the canopy. There were no injuries. Medics did evaluate at man who was near the canopy when it collapsed.

Accuweather.com meteorologist Frank Strait says there was a report of wind gusts of more than 50 mph recorded at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of the station, Tuesday evening.

Feyes said, “I believe that the wind was a factor in the collapse.”