Emergency service workers push a car out from the shopfront of Bundaberg Marketplace Fruit where it crashed yesterday afternoon. Photo: MAX FLEET rta1802a
Emergency service workers push a car out from the shopfront of Bundaberg Marketplace Fruit where it crashed yesterday afternoon. Photo: MAX FLEET rta1802a

Car hits market twice in one year

IT was a case of different shop name but same old story when a car crashed into Bundy Fresh Food Market yesterday afternoon.

The crash, about 1.30pm, was the second time the Maryborough Street building had been hit by a wayward car in 12 months.

Business owner Glenn Pennington said he feared the worst when he was called in on his afternoon off to deal with the damage.

“Last time it happened (when the business was under different ownership and known as Bundaberg Marketplace Fruits), the car went right through the glass,” Mr Pennington said.

Fortunately, no one was hurt yesterday, and even the fruit escaped unbruised.

A corrugated iron dividing wall at the shop’s main entrance was left crumpled by the impact.

It was a close call, though, as the vehicle skidded about 1.5 metres past the curb, coming to rest less than a metre before the main glass doors of the bustling store.

“It could have been really bad, but thankfully it was only minor — nowhere near as bad as last time,” Mr Pennington said.

“The car looks a bit worse for wear, though.”

In an effort to prevent the situation becoming “third time unlucky”, Mr Pennington said he would consider installing bollards.

“I will have to look at some measures to stop it happening again — maybe bollards or a bar across the front of the shop,” he said.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg station officer Vicki Shailer said fire crews attended the scene to help move the vehicle, but no other assistance was needed.

Bundaberg Police are investigating the crash.



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