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Six hurt as vehicle ploughs into shop front in busy town centre

By David Young

Published 05/11/2016

The scene at Townhall Street in Enniskillen after a vehicle crashed into the window of a Boots
The scene at Townhall Street in Enniskillen after a vehicle crashed into the window of a Boots

Six people were injured yesterday after a car smashed through a shop window.

The horror crash happened in the Townhall Street area of Enniskillen, which was packed with shoppers at the time.

None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

William Prescott, whose wife owns a restaurant located close to the scene of the crash, described what happened as a freak accident and said "everyone had been shocked".

"I'm just happy and relieved that no one was seriously injured or killed," he added.

"The town was chock-a-block in the aftermath of the crash, but the road has re-opened and things have returned to normal."

Mr Prescott also said that work was under way to board up the window of a Boots chemist the car smashed through.

First Minister Arlene Foster wrote on Twitter: "Disturbed to hear of a serious incident involving a car and pedestrians outside Boots."

Ulster Unionist Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott also expressed relief that no one was seriously injured in the accident.

"Townhall Street is Enniskillen's main shopping street and this was obviously a very shocking accident," he said.

"Although a number of people were injured, I understand none of them were classed as being seriously hurt.

"I wish all those who were injured a full and speedy recovery and I would like to thank and praise the passers-by who came to their assistance and also the emergency services for their prompt response."

Local UUP councillor Keith Elliott happened to be in the next street when the incident occurred and heard the sirens of the emergency services as they raced to the crash scene.

"I saw the aftermath - there was quite a bit of damage," Mr Elliott said.

"Townhall Street is a one-way street with cars parked on both sides (of the road).

"It could have been a lot worse - thankfully, no one lost their life."

Councillor Elliott added that he had been told that a woman and a child had been taken to hospital following the smash.

"I wish all the injured a speedy recovery," he said.

The PSNI's Inspector Keith Hicks said: "Police can confirm that a single vehicle has crashed through the window of a shop in the Townhall Street area of Enniskillen.

"At present it is believed there are six casualties. It is not believed that there are any life-threatening injuries.

"Police and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service are currently at the scene."

The road was closed for some time after the incident.

Witnesses to the crash have been urged to contact police in Enniskillen on the 101 non-emergency number.

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