Shocking new photos have emerged after an elderly driver ploughed through a shop front, narrowly missing horrified staff.
A driver in a Vauxhall Corsa accidentally careered through the glass entrance of Andrew Curran Car Parts, in Cleveleys, on Friday morning after gear problems.
The building, on the corner of Anchorsholme Lane East and Kelso Avenue, was left with a gaping hole in the wall following the crash at 9.10am.
Firefighters were called to help free the man, in his 70s, from the car before he was taken to hospital to be checked over.
Staff have now released this image from inside the store just minutes after the crash with the car covered in masonry and debris.
Dawn Toner, who works at the shop, said the repair bill is expected to run into thousands of pounds but she is just grateful no-one was injured.
She said: “Some of the staff who were there at the time are still a bit shaken but thankfully everyone is OK and no-one is hurt.
“It’s not what you expect to happen when you go into work, that’s for sure.
“We had to turn the electricity off because we had loose wires dangling from the ceiling.
“But everything is back to normal now and we’ve got a temporary front up now where the car went through.
“There’s no structural damage and all the computers were OK, so we were pretty lucky as the damage could have been much worse.
“And thankfully the driver appeared to be OK.”
Nearby businesses described the sound of the car smashing through the shop entrance as like a “bomb going off”.
Police closed part of the road off while emergency services attended the scene.
A Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “The driver was trapped in the car. There were no other casualties.
“The casualty was rescued by firefighters and was taken to hospital by ambulance for precautionary check-up.”
Police are appealing for witnesses.