Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Five Injured as Car Crashes into Market; Brother and Sister Hurt as Pensioner Loses Control of Vehicle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Five Injured as Car Crashes into Market; Brother and Sister Hurt as Pensioner Loses Control of Vehicle

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Byline: Dan Warburton ; Brian Daniel

FIVE people miraculously escaped with their lives when a pensioner's car careered through a busy market in Northumberland and demolished stalls.

A 12-year-old girl and her 14-year-old brother were among those hurt when an elderly woman's Ford Cougar careered through the cobbled street at around 4.30pm yesterday.

Eye-witnesses saw the silver car clip a Land Rover before hitting pedestrians as it accelerated through the Market Place in Alnwick, crashing through stalls and causing carnage.

Debris littered the street as injured people took sanctuary in nearby stores and helicopters were scrambled to the scene to treat those who had been wounded.

Last night police confirmed that five people had needed treatment and medics from the Great North Air Ambulance said a 12-year-old girl suffered neck, leg and ankle injuries.

Medics fear she may need surgery. She was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital with her teenage brother who also needed treatment for "superficial injuries".

It is believed the pair were in Alnwick with their parents enjoying the International Music Festival while on holiday from Buckinghamshire.

Andrew Shaw, 49, an engineer, was in the town with his wife, Nicola, 42, and his two-year-old daughter, Sophie. He said: "It was tipping down with rain so thankfully the market was not so busy.

"I heard some people screaming and an engine revving at the east end of the market. It came into the square and there were people screaming and leaping out of the way.

"It hit something and then went right across the market square, people were jumping out of the way. The car ended up with its nose embedded in a stall. It was pandemonium. The first thing I was thinking of was getting my two-year-old daughter out of the way." The driver, an elderly woman who is believed to live nearby, was left shaken after the drama and was seen clinging to police officers.

It is believed she was released by police last night and allowed to return home. …

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