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Thursday, 24 December 2015

An old man lost control of the car, killed a Woman & 5 others injured in UK

A woman in her 70s died today and five other people were injured in a horrific 60mph Christmas Eve crash after a car drove into a Costa Coffee shop.
The black Audi A4 smashed into the side of the shop in Westerham, Kent, this morning after careering out of control for 200ft and clipping cars.
The car was allegedly driven by an 88-year-old man and the elderly couple inside the vehicle had to be cut out by fire crews.
Shocked witnesses described a ‘large bang like a bomb had gone off’ and a ‘big explosion’ upon the impact at about 10.30am........

And one local shopper described it as the worst accident they had ever seen while another said there were 'people screaming and running around'.
Darren Thomas, 42, an electrical engineer from London, said: 'I was coming up to the Zebra crossing and I was shunted by this car from behind.

'I swerved and avoided three people on the crossing and the car that hit me carried on driving.
'I got out of my car because I thought the driver was driving off without leaving his details. I saw him go off the road and smash into Costa.
'He was doing some speed because he shunted me about seven metres forward. I think he must have been doing around 60mph when he hit Costa.
'The coffee shop was packed - it was raining at the time so there was a lot of people who had gone in there to get away from the rain.
'I went inside and there was brick dust everywhere, it was chaos. There was people screaming and running around.

'The police arrived quite quickly and then the emergency services moved everyone back and cordoned it all off. The driver looked elderly.'
And Bridget Rowe, 64, who runs a local fashion boutique, said: ‘I understand the car was travelling through the town.

'And it clipped a couple of parked cars and ended up in the side of the coffee shop.
‘It's absolutely awful. There was a large bang like a bomb had gone off. It's just horrific.
'The whole of Westerham looks like a scene from a bad movie. It's so sad. It was an elderly couple in the car.’
Another witness told MailOnline: 'An old man lost control of the car and ploughed straight into the shop. And then we could see people being carried out.
'I saw one elderly lady who was covered in blood and had cut her head open. Another elderly lady was trying to leave and was crying and sobbing.'

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene in the high street area of the town.
And five further patients were treated by South East Coast Ambulance Service and taken to hospital.
A man and woman were taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, both with serious injuries.

And another man and woman went to Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough.
A further woman with minor injuries was taken to Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells.
A Secamb spokesman said: ‘More than a dozen ambulances attended the scene in total, including Critical Care Paramedics and one of our Hazardous Area Response Teams.
There was a large bang like a bomb had gone off. It's just horrific
Bridget Rowe, witness
‘Our clinicians treated six patients in total, including one patient who was sadly pronounced as deceased at the scene.

'Five further patients were treated at the scene and then taken to hospital.
‘Our thoughts are with all those involved in and affected by this very sad incident.’
Local hairdresser Jilly Probert, 47, who said she spoke with a paramedic at the incident, told Mirror Online: ‘He hit a red car and a bollard and crashed into the cafe.
‘One lady is dead. She was sitting having a coffee. She flew off her chair and over the counter.
'He said there was four others injured, with gashes to their heads. They are cutting out the car now.
‘It is the busiest Costa ever, it is always packed and mobbed with kids. It was absolutely packed.
'It’s amazing more people weren’t killed. We heard a big explosion. The streets were flooded.’
An old man lost control of the car and ploughed straight into the shop

Sally Pendleton tweeted: 'Must have been there barely five minutes after it happened. Those poor people. At my count, ten ambulances, eight police cars and two fire trucks in Westerham.'
A mother-of-two called 'Emma' also tweeted: 'Used to work at Costa Westerham. My most favourite job. Staff all OK and accounted for. Loads of love to Zoe and team.'
Kent Police have set up a witness centre at The Grasshopper pub in the town following the collision and have launched an investigation.
A force spokesman said: ‘Police were called to The Green in Westerham just after 10.30am today to reports a car had crashed into the Costa Coffee shop.
'Paramedics treated six casualties. A woman aged in her 70s was pronounced dead at the scene.
'Two men and two women were taken to hospitals in London and Farnborough with serious injuries and another woman was taken to Pembury Hopsital with minor injuries.
It is the busiest Costa ever, it is always packed and mobbed with kids
Jilly Probert, local hairdresser
‘The woman’s next of kin have been informed. The road is currently closed while officers continue with their investigation.’
Meanwhile a Costa spokesman told MailOnline: 'We can confirm that a tragic accident occurred at our Westerham store this morning.
'Our thoughts are with the families who have been affected by this very sad and shocking event.
'We’re working with emergency services to offer all possible support during their rescue efforts. Our team are deeply shocked by what has happened.'
Jacqueline Gold, chief executive of lingerie chain Ann Summers, tweeted: 'Devastated to hear of tragic accident in my home town where I lived for ten years. My heart goes out to all involved.'

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