Driver dead and three pedestrians injured after car ploughs into shop
The driver of a car which injured three pedestrians as it crashed into a charity shop has died after suffering what is believed to have been a heart attack while at the wheel.
It is understood the 47-year-old driver of a silver Audi A8 suffered a heart attack and lost control of the car, colliding with a number of pedestrians on the Woodstock Road in east Belfast at around midday on Thursday afternoon.
It's believed the driver careered onto the footpath hitting a woman on a mobility scooter who was talking to two other people at a bus stop at the time.
All three were standing outside a charity shop on the Woodstock Road. The front window of the shop was smashed by the impact.
Their condition is not yet known.
A police spokesman said: "A 47-year-old man has died following the RTC on the Woodstock Road this morning. He was the driver of the car involved in the collision."
John McPoland, a spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, said: "When the crews arrived they found that the driver of the car had suffered some kind of cardiac episode and lost control of the car and veered on to the footpath.
"On the footpath there was a lady in a mobility scooter talking to two pedestrians. Unfortunately, the car ploughed into the three of them.
"It put one of the pedestrians through the shop front but he was able to get himself out of that."
Eyewitnesses, who described the crash as terrifying, said there were a number of children in the area at the time.
Motorists have been advised to avoid the area as the Woodstock and Cregagh Roads are closed while emergency crews attend the scene.