SHOP fronts came within inches of being destroyed when a lorry crashed through town centre railings.
Retailers in Flint said they had a lucky escape after the lorry careered into the railings near the former NatWest bank on Trelawney Square shortly after 7am yesterday.
No one was injured in the crash.
Anne’s Patisserie, one of several shop fronts recently renovated as part of the town’s regeneration scheme, was just six inches away from being smashed.
“It missed us by inches,” said James Elwood, who owns the patisserie with wife Anne.
“It took out the lights and the railings but it stopped about six inches from our front door.”
Mr Elwood said any damage would have scuppered some of the good work done by the recent council upgrades.
“It wouldn’t have gone down well with the council if they’d all been demolished,” he added.
“It’s just lucky no one was injured – they could easily have been.”
Flint councillor Alex Aldridge said he had been notified about the accident at 8.30am and was relieved everyone had escaped unhurt.
“I’m not sure how the accident happened but the main thing is hopefully everyone is safe,” he said.
“Regarding the heritage fund, you can repair these things – you can replace the metal and we could have dealt with the shop fronts.
“The important thing is no one was injured.”
The crash took place as strong winds and bands of heavy rain battered Flintshire on Monday morning.
Cllr Aldridge added: “These accidents are rare in the extreme in the town centre so I’ll be interested to hear how it happened because it is a busy area.
“It could have had something to do with the weather. It is absolutely atrocious at the moment.”
A spokesman for North Wales Fire and Rescue service said they were called to reports of a road traffic collision at 7.15am. On arrival at the scene they made the vehicle safe.
No casualties were reported.