An articulated lorry ploughed into a Leicestershire petrol station after it was blown off the A47 road by gales late on Friday night.

It crashed into one petrol pump, knocking it over, and was brought to a halt when it hit a central concrete pillar supporting the canopy over the forecourt at Morcott Services in Oakham.

Although the cab was ripped open in the collision the driver was not injured and managed to get out of the vehicle.

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We received a call that one person was trapped but he had released himself from the vehicle by the time we arrived and was not injured.

“Pumps from Oakham and Uppingham were mobilised, along with the technical rescue team from Leicester’s southern station.

“The petrol pumps had isolated themselves and firefighters made the vehicle and the petrol station safe.”