News ID: 275604
Published: 1219 GMT October 17, 2020

Customers escape death by inches after runaway car plows into busy cafe in UK

Customers escape death by inches after runaway car plows into busy cafe in UK
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Customers escaped death by inches after a runaway car plowed through the front of a busy cafe while they ate breakfast.

Ricky Garrett, 67, and his family had just moved to a warmer table when a red Kia Picanto suddenly smashed through the front window of the shop into the spot they had just been sitting, according to mirror.co.uk.

Tables and chairs went flying, and teas and coffees spilled as the car plowed through the cafe in Newbridge, Caerphilly, south Wales, the UK.

Multiple tables were smashed to pieces in the impact, but incredibly no one was seriously hurt.

Ricky, a singer, said it was a miracle nobody was killed in the crash which missed a mother with a pram by inches and an elderly man by seconds.

Diners were pushed up against the walls by the force of the crash — but miraculously all seven customers and two staff members escaped without major injury.

A shocking video shows the battered car pressed up against the counter — still with cakes on top — and cups of coffee on nearby tables at the cafe.

Ricky's son Aaron, 34, fractured his thumb while pulling his mom Susan, 66, out of the path of the out of control car.

Grandfather Ricky, from Six Bells, south Wales, said: "It was horrendous to be honest. If we hadn't have moved table we would have been dead.

"My son, where he was sat, the car came through and destroyed all the tables.

"He had just paid for his meals and my wife went to order ours and she was standing in front of the counter.

"All of a sudden, the car came through and destroyed everything.

"My son screamed. He grabbed my wife and pulled her out of the way.

"If he hadn't she would have been dead or cut in half.

"I got pushed up against the wall.

"It was pandemonium. It felt like it happened in slow motion."

The crash happened when retired Susan and Ricky met Aaron, also a singer, and his wife Kayleigh Smith, 33, after the couple dropped off their son, 12, at school.

They were meeting for a late breakfast at Victoria's Cafe and one half of the group had ordered at the counter, and the other half were in the process, at around 11.50 a.m.

The family, who were joined by another friend, were sat on the table in the path of the car, but had moved moments earlier to be closer to seats near a radiator.

The vehicle smashed through the front window and Ricky injured his ribs when he was pushed up against the wall by the moving tables.

Aaron fractured his thumb, and is in a cast, while pulling his mom Susan from the path of the car, and she hurt her shoulder.

He said another woman was injured, and taken to hospital on a stretcher.

Ricky added: "To be honest with you, moments earlier an older gentleman was sat right in the window and left when he finished his breakfast. He wouldn't be here now otherwise.

"If he hadn't have left, he would have been under that car.

"They have tables outside. Luckily people were sat in a place the car missed them. I think there was a lady with a pushchair or pram.

"Everybody had a lucky escape. Someone was watching over everybody."

Gwent Police were called to the scene and firefighters pulled the car from the shop.

A police spokesperson said: "We received a call at 11.53 a.m. reporting a one vehicle collision on Victoria Terrace in Newbridge.

"The vehicle, a Kia Picanto, collided with a cafe.

"Four people have sustained minor injuries and are being checked over by paramedics at the scene.

"The vehicle is in the process of being recovered and further enquiries are being undertaken."

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said one patient was transported to Royal Gwent Hospital.

   
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