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Shoppers in Co Tyrone have a lucky escape as runaway car ploughs through store

By Cate McCurry

Published 18/06/2016

The scene of the car that crashed through the wall of Home Bargains in Omagh
The scene of the car that crashed through the wall of Home Bargains in Omagh
The scene of the car that crashed through the wall of Home Bargains in Omagh

These shoppers got more than they bargained for after a car smashed through the side wall of a shop in Co Tyrone.

Emergency services, the PSNI, Ambulance Service and the Northern Ireland Fire Service rushed to the scene at Home Bargains in Omagh at around 5pm on Thursday.

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident but staff and customers were said to be standing close to the area where it happened.

Nobody was in the car when it rolled down a hill and careered rear-end first into the side of Home Bargains in the Dromore Road Retail Park.

Eyewitnesses said the noise of the collision sounded like a bomb. Simon Burke, from Omagh, was parked outside the shop at the time of the incident while his wife, Irene McDevitt and 20-year-old son, Nathan McDevitt were inside.

He said: "I was waiting on them in the car as I let them do the shopping, when I heard this almighty bang and thought it was a bomb going off.

"I was looking round expecting to see smoke rising and knew then that something was wrong.

"A short time later my son came running out shouting for me to come in. When I went inside, it was carnage and my first instinct was to check for someone underneath the rubble or in the car but there was no one in the vehicle."

Mr Burke said his wife and son had been shopping just a few feet away from where the car smashed into the wall.

He added: "The shelving had been moved back from the impact. They were really shaken and we're still not over it.

"The size of the blocks that went flying from the wall were huge, someone could have been killed. There was a woman inside with three young children. My wife, son and everyone in the store had a very lucky escape."

The area was sealed off as the clean-up operation got under way.

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