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Tears and terror in Mold as car ploughs into shoppers

Published date: 09 December 2013 |
Published by: David Humphreys and Rhian Waller
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EIGHT people were injured after a car smashed into a busy Saturday market.

A car collided with stalls at the top end of Mold High Street, demolishing one stall and injuring several people at about 10.55am.

Five patients – two with serious injuries – were taken by ambulance to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

A female patient with non-life threatening injuries was flown by air ambulance to Glan Clwyd Hospital.

Two female patients with minor injuries were also taken by ambulance to the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Three of the casualties have suspected limb fractures.

Eyewitness Alex Kennedy, who works at WH Smith, a few metres from where the car came to rest, described the scene as “horrible”.

He said: “I saw the car literally plough through the middle of town. There was a man leaning at the side of the road and he got taken out by the car.

“I happened to look out of the window and saw the car, which was a small family car, and immediately heard the sound of metal clattering and smashing.

“People were running around. There was a man crying with panic. We phoned the police straight away.”

Caroline Johnson, of Mold Bookshop, heard the commotion, although her shop is some way up the street.

She said: “There were screams. What I heard was this tremendous revving and then a lot of shouting.”

Market trader Alan Woolfenden, 62, of Coedpoeth, runs a Welsh-themed stand opposite the affected stall.

He said: “I just saw the car career through taking everything with it.

“I’m quite shaken up.

“The other stall was completely demolished. One of the young men working on it – I don’t know how he had the reflexes – but he saw the car coming and pulled a child out of the way. It was awful.”

Another market trader, who didn’t want to be named, hailed stallholders and bystanders.

She said: “A lot of stallholders ran to help, and so did members of the public, which was good to see. The emergency services came very quickly as well.

A North Wales Police spokeswoman said: “Five persons were taken to hospital, three of them sustained possible limb fractures.”

The police commended the actions of first responders and also the market traders and the local community for their “positive actions” at the time of the incident.

They said the cause of the collision was still unknown and an investigation is under way.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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