Shop owners were forced to close after a car crashed into the front of their store on Princess Street yesterday.
Shop owners were forced to close after a car crashed into the front of their store on Princess Street yesterday. CLEMENTINE NORTON

Close call for pair as car hits

TWO girls were forced to run for their lives yesterday, as an out-of-control car crashed into a bench where the pair was sitting — smashing it to pieces and destroying the front of an East Bundaberg shop.

“We were sitting on the bench (outside Marshall’s East End Convenience and Takeaway Store), waiting for our friends when we heard revving,” 17-year-old Krystal Blaxland said.

“Then we saw a car coming straight towards us.”

Miss Blaxland grabbed her friend, 15-year-old Tia Wardlaw, and ran inside the shop, but the car kept coming and crashed into the front of the building.

“I didn’t even see him coming,” Miss Wardlaw said.

“Then I thought, ‘we’re lucky we got inside’, but the car just kept coming.”

The two girls said they were lucky to be alive after the vehicle stopped less than a metre away from them.

“I’m still shaking,” Miss Wardlaw said.

The front of the store was left a splintered mess of wood and asbestos, with a display of chip packets left strewn across the shop floor.

The accident happened about 1.15pm, when a 66-year-old male driver lost control of his vehicle on Princess Street.

Witnesses said the car hit a a fence of a nearby house, then swerved back onto the road and into the shop.

“I heard a loud noise, then lots of screaming,” resident Jackie Harris said.

Her three-year-old daughter was playing on the steps of the house when the crash occurred.

“I thought ‘where is my daughter?’ but luckily she was nowhere near it,” she said.

The letterbox and fence at her home needs repair.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg station officer Trevor Duncan said the front of the shop was made from fibro and steel.

“It had been compromised so we cordoned off the area and contacted (Bundaberg Regional) council to have it cleaned up,” Mr Duncan said.

It is believed the driver was uninjured.

Bundaberg Police are investigating the cause of the crash.



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