The owner of a Talbragar Street menswear store damaged when a vehicle ploughed into it on Friday afternoon says he’s hopeful it will be business as usual by next week.
Emergency service crews were called to Harry’s For Menswear shortly after 12pm after a white Ford Falcon sedan mounted the kerb and crashed into the shopfront.
The elderly male driver was attended to by ambulance officers and taken to hospital for precautionary examinations, and thankfully nobody else was injured.
The accident happened inside a 15-minute parking zone that is popular for lunchtime access to the Dubbo Post Office.
Store owner Peter Sutton said he didn’t know what had happened when he heard his wife scream from the front of the store.
“I was coming from out the back of the shop and basically my wife screamed,” Mr Sutton said.
“I thought there might have been a shoplifter in the place but as I got closer and smelt the burning rubber I realised it was a bit more than a shoplifter, it was a car sitting in our front window.
“Everything is replaceable but the good thing is nobody was hurt and everyone in the store was well away from the shattering glass.
“We’ll have a bit of trade loss but that is what insurance is for so hopefully we’ll be back in action by early next week.”
Orana Mid-Western Police District commander Superintendent Peter McKenna said investigations into the cause of the accident will continue once the driver can be spoken to.
I thought there might have been a shoplifter in the place but as I got closer and smelt the burning rubber I realised it was a bit more than a shoplifter, it was a car sitting in our front window.Peter Sutton
“At this stage the elderly gentleman driving the car has been taken to hospital for precautionary tests but doesn’t appear to be injured thankfully
“Also, thankfully, nobody in the shop at the time was injured.
“The actual cause of the accident will have to be investigated by speaking to the owner of the car and seeing what he tells us but on face value it would appear that it has been an unfortunate accident where someone has accelerated where they didn’t need to.”