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'Lucky escape' as car ploughs through supermarket wall

By David Young

Neighbours spoke of their shockafter a 4x4 car crashed through a supermarket wall, railings, careered backwards across a busy main road and ended up in the front garden of a terrace house in north Belfast.

The incident happened at 7.45pm on Thursday night on the Shore Road, a busy main route out of the city, when a silver 4x4 bulldozed through the wall and railings of a Lidl supermarket, sped across two pavements and a four lane road, finally coming to rest just inches from the front wall of the two storey house.

"Someone could easily have been killed," said neighbour Bobby Miller last night.

"This road is a very busy road. But luckily, there wasn't a car on it.

"At any other time, there would have been a pile up," the neighbour said.

It's believed that the car was an automatic, and that the driver put the car into reverse instead of drive - leaving a 150ft trail of destruction in his wake.

Describing the scene, Lidl supervisor Marcel Sztraka said: "It happened in seconds.

"The car reversed from a blue badge space at the front wall of the supermarket.

"It's lucky no one was killed."

Mr Sztraka said a policeman at the scene told him that he had never seen anything like it before.

"It was horrible."

Police confirmed they had received a report of a single vehicle road traffic collision on Shore Road in north Belfast shortly after 7.50pm on Thursday.

The elderly male driver of the car was not injured, police said.

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