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Falling billboard crushes SUV in Opelika with man inside vehicle

OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – An extremely close call for an Opelika man who says his SUV was crushed by a fallen billboard on US 280 near Interstate 85 in Opelika while he was sitting in inside.

The driver said he was sitting in the vehicle early Thursday morning when the billboard flipped over, crushing the vehicle. The owner says he managed to climb out a window and suffered minor injuries in the incident. The vehicle owner believes that a gust of wind knocked the panel down.

Lee County EMA confirms the scene is still being processed in front of Circle K along Columbus Parkway. They are trying to see if strong winds have toppled the massive panel.

Opelika police said the scene had been barricaded. We will keep you informed of any further information.


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