Police continue crash investigation

The car that ploughed through five stalls in Alnwick Market Place came to rest against one of the benches, which Sonia Aiitchison says saved her life.
The car that ploughed through five stalls in Alnwick Market Place came to rest against one of the benches, which Sonia Aiitchison says saved her life.

POLICE are continuing to investigate this morning after five people were injured in a crash in Alnwick Market Place yesterday.

At around 4.30pm a silver Ford Cougar, which police say was driven by an elderly woman, careered into stalls which were part of the Alnwick International Music Festival market coming to a stop at a concrete and metal bench.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were quickly on the scene and the Great North Air Ambulance was also scrambled, landing in Alnwick bus station.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Police Inspector Sue Peart told the Gazette that an 80-year-old woman had been driving the car.

She clipped a parked vehicle and lost control colliding with the stalls.

Insp Peart added that the woman was breathlysed and had not been drink driving.

A brother and sister from Buckinghamshire were taken to Wansbeck General Hospital by ambulance after suffering injuries in the crash. Three others - a woman and two men - were also treated.

Five stalls were demolished and produce - including dozens of bottles of sloe gin, sweets and crafts were sent flying across the Market Place.

Traders have spoken of their near-death experiences when the saw the car coming towards them.

Praise has been given to the police, council workers and all emergency services as well as member of the public who helped during and after the incident.

Heavy rain meant performances as part of the music festival had been moved to Alnwick Playhouse, meaning the Market Place had many less visitors at the time of the crash.