Tuesday 17 October 2017

Shoppers scatter as van smashes into supermarket

The vehicle destroyed the front of Lynch's Centra supermarket in Ennis, Co Clare. Eamon Ward
The vehicle destroyed the front of Lynch's Centra supermarket in Ennis, Co Clare. Eamon Ward

Pat Flynn

ONE person is recovering in hospital and four others suffered minor injuries after a van smashed into the front of a busy supermarket.

The incident occurred shortly after 8.30pm last night when a white Ford van went through the main glass doors and plate glass windows of Lynch's Centra supermarket in Ennis, Co Clare.

Customers and staff fled in terror as the van careered through the front of the store and into the main counter area.

The vehicle managed to avoid safety bollards outside the store and a concrete pillar.

Shelving and stock were left strewn across the floor andshattered glass covered the pavement outside the store. The alarm was quickly raised and emergency services were at the scene within minutes.

Two ambulances and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis General Hospital, just yards away, arrived at the scene within seconds.

They were quickly followed by gardai and three units of the fire brigade, also from Ennis.

Paramedics examined all those who had been injured and established that only one required hospitalisation. Four others suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Gardai are investigating the cause of the accident.

One shopper said: "I was getting into my car and I heard an almighty smash and a lot of screaming.

"Then I looked back at the shop and saw the van inside. I nearly got weak with the fright. I just came out of there."

Gardai sealed off the area and moved onlookers back behind a cordon while the injured were tended to by paramedics.

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