A MAN and his dog were nearly crushed after a huge oak tree fell down in Denbigh.

The incident happened May 22 about 4pm on Ystrad Road, near Denbigh High School.

Roger Vernon was out for a walk with his Spaniel dog Ruby when a tree came crashing down, just missing the pair.

Roger, 49, said: "We went out for a walk during lockdown. We sat on a bench, by Ystrad corner, rolled a cigarette then walked up Ystrad Road.

"I heard a massive creaking sound but we carried on.

"A car passed us and the next thing, there was an almighty crack just as the car passed under the tree.

"Ruby and I were literally a few hundred feet away as the tree lifted up in the air and then came smashing down, just missing us with all the debris."

Roger, who has renamed his dog Lucky, headed to Denbigh Leisure Centre to report the incident.

The father-of-three added: "I was in disbelief. I could not believe what I was seeing.

"I found a nice gentleman who kindly phoned for some assistance and to declare the road closed incase of any other accidents.

"My dog was a little shaken but typical Spaniel, wanted to carry on with her walk.

"She is now 10 years old. I gave her a home and she is the best thing that came in to my life."

A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council said: "We were alerted to the incident at Ystrad Road through our out of hours service. As soon as officers were on the scene, we closed a section of the road and arranged for a contractor to attend to cut up the tree.

"This allowed the road to be re-opened a few hours later.”