Panic as car slams into front of store

A shop assistant at the Co-op on Harbour Lane in Warton had a lucky escape when a car crashed into the front of the shop

A shop assistant at the Co-op on Harbour Lane in Warton had a lucky escape when a car crashed into the front of the shop

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A SHOP boss and customer had a lucky escape when a car smashed through the front of the shop.

Belinda Sutcliffe, 48, re-lived the moment the car ploughed through the front of the Co-op in Harbour Lane, Warton, just a few feet from where she was stacking shelves.

An elderly driver had mounted the pavement and careered through the front of the store.

And a customer, who had left the store seconds earlier, was also unhurt.

The drama unfolded at 11.39am yesterday.

The 75-year-old driver is believed to have accidentally pressed the accelerator on his red Nissan Micra as he attempted to park.

He hit another car, a yellow Peugeot 307 belonging to a member of staff parked outside the shop, before crashing into the building.

Team leader Belinda, who also lives in Warton, said: “I absolutely panicked. I didn’t know what was happening.

“I thought everything was collapsing around me. It just seemed as though the roof or something was caving in.

“A delivery had just come and I was just filling the shelves up by the doors.

“I had my back turned to the door. I wondered what it was. There was a big bang and glass everywhere. The car was there in the doorway.

“It was frightening but we’re okay, just shocked really.”

Suffering from shock, the man parked his car and went into the shop and bought a paper.

Belinda, who has worked at the shop for 18 months, said: “He was just parking up I think to come into the shop and his foot must have slipped.

“He hit one of the staff cars in front and went straight through the shop.”

No-one else was in the shop at the time, apart from a colleague on the till.

Police and paramedics arrived and the man was treated at the scene for shock before being driven home.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said the man refused hospital treatment.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said the driver had been breathalysed and passed the test.