Shopkeeper tells of Guildford off licence car crash
By mattcollison | Monday, February 18, 2013, 17:15
A SHOPKEEPER has described the moment a car ploughed into a Guildford off licence just yards from where she was working.
A car smashed through Prime Wines shopfront in Worplesdon Road, Guildford at 4.20pm on Saturday.
The owner, whose counter was by the shopfront, and a customer were in the off licence at the time of the smash.
No one is thought to have been seriously hurt.
Laura Cringle, of 2 By 2 Pet Care, said she was amazed no one was seriously hurt after a green Volkswagen Lupo left the road and smashed into Prime Wines off licence on Saturday (February 16).
The driver, a man in his 70s, was taken to Royal Surrey County Hospital with injuries not thought to be serious.
His vehicle had collided with a blue Citroen Picasso and blue BMW 330 before mounting the kerb in Worplesdon Road, flattening bike stands and smashing into the shopfront, according to reports.
Fire and ambulance services were also in attendance and the driver of the Lupo had to be cut free from his car.
The shop owner and a customer, who were in the shop at the time, were also treated for minor injuries.
Ms Cringle said: "All I heard was this crash. I looked out the door and I rang 999.
"It shook me up quite a lot. It's not everyday you see a car go through a shop. I use that shop quite often and the till is where the window, but he is fine as far as I know.
"The gentleman got cut out of his car, he was quite an old gentleman. There was so much going on I just wanted to know that everyone was ok. I don't believe there was anybody seriously injured but I can't be sure.
"Normally you would hear a screech and then the crash but this was a screech and then crash, crash, crash, crash.
"It was quite scary really. I just hoped everyone was ok. The police everyone were here so quickly. It was a big drama."
A structural engineer was called to examine the building but it was declared safe and has since been boarded up.