Story by: ANDREW PAPWORTH
Thursday, September 20, 2012
SHOPPERS screamed as a car driving through St Ives town centre left the road and collided with two pedestrians.
Eyewitnesses described the terror as people were forced to jump out the way of the Honda vehicle when it careered towards shoppers in The Pavement before crashing into a shop, a sign and finally ending up colliding into bike racks outside The Golden Lion.
“A lot of people were screaming and crying and there some people stood outside who had to jump out of the way,” said Jennifer Armes, who watched the incident unfold at 1.37pm today (Thursday, September 20) just feet away from her as she stood opposite The Golden Lion.
“It was going faster and faster until it hit the bike racks. I thought he was going to keep going and hit me. It was terrifying.”
Afterwards shoppers who had heard the crash and people screaming came outside and stood to watch as the emergency services began the rescue operation.
Police said the pedestrians, who are both women, will be taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital but that their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
One of those knocked over was given advanced level care by Magpas paramedics after she suffered abdominal and chest injuries, as well as wounds to her leg.
The occupants of the vehicle, believed by eyewitnesses to be an elderly couple, were not injured but the female passenger was said to be stuck in the vehicle afterwards.
Toni Ashurst, who was on the second floor of St Ives Town Hall, said: “I heard a great noise and the screams from people outside. It was really scary.”
Did you see the incident? Please call the Hunts Post on 01480 443447.