OAP hurt after car ploughs into Crewe shop
A PENSIONER was taken to hospital with a head injury after the car he was a passenger in ploughed into the front of a shop when the driver 'forgot to brake'.
Shoppers and staff were left stunned when the black hatchback vehicle smashed through bollards and into a pillar at the front of the Halfords superstore, at Grand Junction Retail Park, Crewe, at 2pm yesterday.
An off-duty police officer was in nearby Comet and rushed to help the driver and her 90-year-old male passenger, and reportedly told bystanders the woman had forgotten to brake.
The woman got out of the car but the man remained inside. He was later taken to the town's Leighton Hospital with a cut to the head.
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Callum Hepworth, aged 25, from Goosetry, was in the car behind when the accident happened.
He said: "I watched her reverse out of her space and think she must have accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brake because she just veered off course. There was quite a loud bang and bricks everywhere."
Jake Mack, aged 19, from Alsager, who works in the neighbouring Comet store, said: "I was just serving a customer when I smelt burning.
"When I looked out of the shop I saw the car with its engine billowing with smoke."
His colleague Jake Flanders, aged 19, from Hassall, near Sandbach, said: "I was serving the police officer who ran out to help them. The couple were pretty shaken up but said it had been an accident."
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service sent two engines to the scene.
Jake added: "It was pretty awful, to be honest and when they all turned up it got quite mental."
Shop worker Kerri White, aged 18, said she was serving a customer in Poundstretcher when she heard a loud bang.
She said: "It was so loud that the woman I was serving jumped, but when we looked we couldn't see very much.
"We've had a number of customers coming in just to ask us how the couple are and if they were badly hurt."
The Halfords store remained open, although a member of staff who was first on the scene was sent home with 'stress'. Staff at the store refused to comment.
A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: "We were called to a 90-year-old male at 2.14pm. He had a serious injury but it was not in a dangerous place. He was taken to Leighton Hospital."
Police said structural engineers had made the building was safe.