By ALEX HURRELL, Reporter
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A woman was taken to hospital after she was hit when a car ploughed into the window of a shop on North Walsham’s Market Place.
The incident happened shortly before 2pm on Tuesday after a woman driver is believed to have reversed out of a parking place on the opposite side of Market Place, crossed the road and collided with The Showcase Gallery.
The injured woman was just leaving the shop and is believed to have got her left hand trapped between the car and building.
An ambulance spokesman said the woman, believed to be in her 60s, sustained cuts, bruises and a hand injury and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Jon Witte was working in an office above the Gallery and saw the car reversing. “She was parked outside the Co-op and I thought ‘She’s not going to stop.’ There was a big bump – you could feel the building shake,” he said.
Mr Witte rushed outside and stayed with the victim until she was taken away by land ambulance. He was helped by work colleague Emma White.
The victim, who was lying on the pavement, was conscious, but shocked and bleeding. He said: “We grabbed all our tea towels to try and help.”
Bob White, who runs the Showcase Gallery newsagents and gift shop with his wife Jan, said: “It was very shocking – all over in a flash.” He praised Mr Witte and Ms White who he said had been “absolutely brilliant.”
The woman driver was believed to have been uninjured. Police re-opened Market Place at 3.40pm.
● On July 11 last year a car smashed through the window of Boots the chemist, on the opposite side of Market Place. No-one was injured on that occasion.