For­tu­nately no one was hurt be­cause premises were empty

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

A CAR mounted a pave­ment and crashed through a fu­neral di­rec­tor’s win­dow.

The driver of a 4x4 lost con­trol and smashed through the front of GL Skin­ner & Son, a fu­neral di­rec­tor’s in Mar­ket Place, Chal­font St Peter.

No one was hurt in the in­ci­dent at 9.43am on Satur­day, but the fire ser­vice was called to make the area safe.

Ju­lian Ren­dall, who works in Ex­pres­sion In­te­ri­ors next to GL Skin­ner & Son, said: “We were in the shop and heard a mas­sive bang and a crash.

“We went to look at what had hap­pened and a 4x4 had gone straight into the fu­neral direc­tors.

“Luck­ily no one was in the shop at the time.

“My col­league Nathan went straight out to talk to the woman who was in the car, and she was very shocked.

“She had been com­ing up the hill and was turn­ing right into the Vale when she lost con­trol and went straight into the shop.”

Mr Ren­dall said there was some con­cern the crash could have caused struc­tural dam­age to the build­ing but the fire ser­vice con­firmed it was safe.

He said: “It was very lucky that the car didn’t hit any­one.

“There was a guy nearby who was walk­ing along the road check­ing his phone and the car was quite close to hit­ting him.

“The woman in the car wasn’t hurt ei­ther, she was re­ally just in shock.”

Dean Skin­ner of GL Skin­ner & Son, said: “No one was here at the time but the crash caused quite a bit of dam­age.

“The front of the shop is all smashed and we will have to have it re­paired.”

Thames Val­ley Po­lice said no one has been ar­rested and no fur­ther en­quiries are be­ing made.

Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­ NL201411233

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