Hailstone falls on Bingara man

A BINGARA man took one for his car during the hailstorm on Saturday night after he was knocked down by a hailstone in a bid to save his sunroof.

The man, who didn't want to be named, said there were so many cars in Bingara that would have to be written off after the storm that he was certain he saved his.

He was at a party when he heard the storm coming, so went to move his car.

"I was moving it to a lady's carport and got out to open the gate when I got hit," he said.

"It knocked me to the ground. When I got back in the car and was waiting for it to stop, I felt water and thought I must've got pretty wet, but then saw it was blood."

He said the hail that was falling was probably one-and-a-half times the size of a golf ball and had jagged surfaces.

"Bloody oath I was lucky," he said.

"I had blood pouring out of my head. It opened it up, but it was nothing major."

He didn't require stitches for his head wound and returned to the party.

"It definitely saved my car from being written off," he said.

"All the machinery sheds and workshops are full of mud and water and the hail stripped off the leaves on all the trees. The lookout looks like there's been a fire through it. It didn't break any windows at the farm, though."

He said he got 44mm of rain at his property outside town and there was still ice "a foot high" near his pool when he moved at 9am yesterday.

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