Car smashes through shop front

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A business owner said she was lucky to escape unharmed after a car ploughed through the window of her shop.

Wendy Wild was standing just a few feet from the window of At Grandma’s Knee, on Red Bank Road, Bispham, when the Toyota Yaris smashed through the window, stopping just a foot away from her.

Shoppers on Red Bank Road in Bispham had a lucky escape this afternoon when a driver lost control of their car, which then crossed a wide pavement and crashed into the front of a shop.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
26-8-2014

Shoppers on Red Bank Road in Bispham had a lucky escape this afternoon when a driver lost control of their car, which then crossed a wide pavement and crashed into the front of a shop. PIC BY ROB LOCK 26-8-2014

The force of the collision shattered the front window and side window, crumbled a low wall and supporting pillar, and pushed heavy window furniture into the shop, hitting Mrs Wild.

Mrs Wild, who opened the business in October last year, has now been left to pick up the pieces and facing a repair bill of more than £4,000.

She said: “I’m so lucky. I heard this bang and saw the window coming through.

“It all happened so fast, I tried to jump out of the way and just got hit by a cupboard.”

The aftermath of a car reversing into the window of a shop on Red Bank Road, Bispham

The aftermath of a car reversing into the window of a shop on Red Bank Road, Bispham

Paramedics and police were called to the scene of the incident, which happened shortly after midday yesterday.

The driver of the car, an elderly woman, and her male passenger were treated for shock.

The vehicle had also hit another car, a silver Vauxhall Astra, before mounting and crossing the 20ft wide pavement and ploughing into the shop backwards.

Police said no arrests were made.

Mrs Wild, 46, added: “It was terrible. It would have been awful if anyone had been hit on the pavement.

“It’s lucky I was the only one standing near the window. All the furniture from the window was shunted through and just missed one customer. There’s glass everywhere.”

Builders moved in soon after the incident to clear away rubble and to begin repairing the front of the building, anticipating it could cost up 
to £5,000 to pay for repairs as well as replenish stock 
damaged in the crash.

Landlady Kate Jones, who has owned the building for 45 years, said: “I’ve never seen anything like it before. I’m so relieved no-one was hurt.”

 

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