Lucky escape for driver as car smashes through wall outside supermarket

Lucky escape for driver as car smashes through wall outside supermarket

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Fire crews made the area safe by removing the steel railing before the rubble could be cleared – © The Clare Herald 2019

An elderly man escaped serious injury after he lost control of his car and smashed through a wall outside a busy supermarket in Co Clare this evening.

The man, who had been visiting the local store, reversed into one wall and railing, careered through another before crossing a road and hitting a third wall.

The incident happened at around 6.00pm outside the Mace shop at Ballycasey in Shannon.

Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Shannon station along with ambulance paramedics and Gardaí responded to the emergency call.

It appears the man firstly reversed accidentally into the wall behind where he was parked. A large section of blockwork was knocked but the railing on top remained in place.

The car then passed in front of the shop’s front door before crashing through another wall. The block wall and two pillars were demolished with a large section of steel railing also being ripped from its mounting.

The scene of the accident in Shannon this evening – © The Clare Herald 2019

It’s understood that no shoppers were entering or leaving the store at the time so no one was injured. The car came to a stop after crossing the road and colliding with another wall.

The man was assessed at the scene by National Ambulance Service paramedics but was found to have suffered only minor injuries and did not require hospitalisation. The shaken man was collected from the scene by a family member and taken home.

Fire crews made the collapsed wall safe by removing the steel railing section before the rubble was cleared.

Gardaí are treating the incident as an accident.

© The Clare Herald 2019
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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