Car crashes into Starbucks in front of horrified commuters in Wimbledon

Wimbledon Guardian: Photo: David Fletcher Photo: David Fletcher

A car crashed into the window of a Starbucks in front of horrified commuters after colliding with a van in Wimbledon this morning.

Amazingly, no one was seriously hurt in the dramatic crash just before 9am when a silver Vauxhall Corsa rammed the cafe near Wimbledon station in Wimbledon Hill Road.

A spokesman at Wimbledon fire station said: "There’s an on-going investigation with the police. That car was hit by a van and went into Starbucks."

He said one person was taken to hospital with minor cuts and a couple of other people suffered shock.

He said: "We were just making the scene safe and making sure everyone was ok."

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed one patient was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting with minor injuries and two patients declined aid.

She said: "We sent a responder car, three ambulance crews and a duty officer."

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said a fire engine and heavy rescue, from Wimbledon, and a fire engine, from New Malden, were called to the crash.

He said: "It was one car and one van in collision. The car was left in situ in the front of the shop awaiting police investigations."

Kevin Whincup, from Raynes Park, said he saw the aftermath of the crash, including a person being treated on the pavement outside Waitrose, at about 9.30am.

Mr Whincup said the debris indicated that the car had come from Alexandra Road, chipped the kerb, had gone across the road and crashed into Starbucks. 

He said: “It’s not really something you expect to see. I’m just surprised no-one was killed. I don’t know how it didn’t hit anything else.”

The crash created a stir on social media site Twitter as commuters expressed their surprise and posted photos of the crash.

Lord Tariq Ahmad posted: “Shocked to see a car has driven straight into Starbucks in #Wimbledon - hope and pray no serious injuries.”

Gemma Smith Tweeted: “Witnessed a car crash into #Starbucks window in #Wimbledon! I'm shocked no one was hurt. Makes you realise how quick life could change!”

Stuart Hill said: “Crazy scenes on way to work...car crashed into Starbucks in Wimbledon...”

Claire Petzal said: “Car completely mangled and smashed into the front window of Starbucks #Wimbledon ! How the hell did that happen?! hope everyone's ok #crash.”

Others took a more light-hearted approach.

Sam Stewart posted: “Pretty sure Starbucks in Wimbledon isn't a drive through.”

Calum McSwiggan ‏said: “Car gone straight through the window at the Wimbledon Starbucks. Somebody really needed their frappucino this morning.”

Did you see the crash? Do you know what happened? Please leave a comment below.

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9:32pm Fri 18 Jul 14

MichaelaF says...

The car didn't come from Alexandra rd. I just got off 493 bus at Alexandra rd and headed towards the junction. Vauxhall Corsa drove through the crossroad at full speed, most likely from Wimbledon village, while I heard a bang and saw the car is losing control and making it to the pavement in front of me. I thought its tyre bursted or it was losing its left rear wheel (you can see on the pics that it is damaged). I didn't notice the van at first at all. The car nearly missed the pedestrians at the lights, including a mum with baby in a buggy and a teen boy had a very near escape from the car. He said he was only hit to his leg by a large metal construction flying out of the car and didn't want a medical check. What a humble boy. People were looking after him, brought him a cup of tea and called his school that he will be late. Other smaller objects were flying through the air where the first collision happened. I thought the car would end up at the pavement in front of HSBC or Kaldi cafe but what a surprise when it turned 90 degrees angle and made its way across all four traffic lanes right to the Starbucks window. We stared at it with open mouth. Lot of ambulance cars arrived but miraculously no one was injured, I heard the officers saying.
The car didn't come from Alexandra rd. I just got off 493 bus at Alexandra rd and headed towards the junction. Vauxhall Corsa drove through the crossroad at full speed, most likely from Wimbledon village, while I heard a bang and saw the car is losing control and making it to the pavement in front of me. I thought its tyre bursted or it was losing its left rear wheel (you can see on the pics that it is damaged). I didn't notice the van at first at all. The car nearly missed the pedestrians at the lights, including a mum with baby in a buggy and a teen boy had a very near escape from the car. He said he was only hit to his leg by a large metal construction flying out of the car and didn't want a medical check. What a humble boy. People were looking after him, brought him a cup of tea and called his school that he will be late. Other smaller objects were flying through the air where the first collision happened. I thought the car would end up at the pavement in front of HSBC or Kaldi cafe but what a surprise when it turned 90 degrees angle and made its way across all four traffic lanes right to the Starbucks window. We stared at it with open mouth. Lot of ambulance cars arrived but miraculously no one was injured, I heard the officers saying. MichaelaF
  • Score: 3

11:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Albertob says...

I got off 493 too and I was just in front of the door of HSBC when it happended. I realized that me and other people were very lucky that the car, after clashing with the van, continued straight, rather than bounce in our direction. Thanks god nobody was seriously injuried.
I got off 493 too and I was just in front of the door of HSBC when it happended. I realized that me and other people were very lucky that the car, after clashing with the van, continued straight, rather than bounce in our direction. Thanks god nobody was seriously injuried. Albertob
  • Score: 3

12:11am Sat 19 Jul 14

Womblette says...

I was walking down Wimbledon Hill, had just reached Elys when I heard a loud bang, then people screamed - and the next thing I saw was Starbucks' window blow out. I thought it was a small bomb at first, then I saw the car on the pavement. A van had stopped in the middle of the intersection - I think it had come from the direction of the Broadway and was turned in the direction of Alexandra Road, but I couldn't work out what part the van had played in the incident. People nearby were saying they thought the car had hit a post, causing it to lose control - perhaps it clipped the van after that. Although I saw both the car driver and the van driver get out of their vehicles, I went to work certain that there would have been serious casualties or possibly even fatalities, because there are always people sitting outside Starbucks having coffee, or just walking by. I'm so pleased to hear that nobody was seriously hurt or worse, and can only say that this was truly miraculous. Had I left the house 5 minutes earlier I could have been in the path of that car myself. Certainly makes you think about the fragility of life - and how it could all change in a second. Carpe diem.
I was walking down Wimbledon Hill, had just reached Elys when I heard a loud bang, then people screamed - and the next thing I saw was Starbucks' window blow out. I thought it was a small bomb at first, then I saw the car on the pavement. A van had stopped in the middle of the intersection - I think it had come from the direction of the Broadway and was turned in the direction of Alexandra Road, but I couldn't work out what part the van had played in the incident. People nearby were saying they thought the car had hit a post, causing it to lose control - perhaps it clipped the van after that. Although I saw both the car driver and the van driver get out of their vehicles, I went to work certain that there would have been serious casualties or possibly even fatalities, because there are always people sitting outside Starbucks having coffee, or just walking by. I'm so pleased to hear that nobody was seriously hurt or worse, and can only say that this was truly miraculous. Had I left the house 5 minutes earlier I could have been in the path of that car myself. Certainly makes you think about the fragility of life - and how it could all change in a second. Carpe diem. Womblette
  • Score: 1

2:24pm Sat 19 Jul 14

teresaspost69 says...

The bit that got me about this..All the emergency services there. .car still sitting in window..and low and behold customers still queuing inside for their coffee and customer sat outside on other side of entrance sipping his coffee like nothing untoward had happened....#soveryB
ritish
The bit that got me about this..All the emergency services there. .car still sitting in window..and low and behold customers still queuing inside for their coffee and customer sat outside on other side of entrance sipping his coffee like nothing untoward had happened....#soveryB ritish teresaspost69
  • Score: 2

11:07pm Sat 19 Jul 14

stuckinamatchbox says...

teresaspost69 wrote:
The bit that got me about this..All the emergency services there. .car still sitting in window..and low and behold customers still queuing inside for their coffee and customer sat outside on other side of entrance sipping his coffee like nothing untoward had happened....#soveryB

ritish
Not that the idea wouldn't have surprised me. But I don't see any of that in the photos. One guy yes with a Starbucks cup talking to a policeman but on a very hot day and with potential shock I'd say he's entitled to sip something.

Don't see any people queuing only reflections of onlookers.

Anyway glad nobody was seriously hurt. I'm regularly there at that time. Relieved I wasn't.
[quote][p][bold]teresaspost69[/bold] wrote: The bit that got me about this..All the emergency services there. .car still sitting in window..and low and behold customers still queuing inside for their coffee and customer sat outside on other side of entrance sipping his coffee like nothing untoward had happened....#soveryB ritish[/p][/quote]Not that the idea wouldn't have surprised me. But I don't see any of that in the photos. One guy yes with a Starbucks cup talking to a policeman but on a very hot day and with potential shock I'd say he's entitled to sip something. Don't see any people queuing only reflections of onlookers. Anyway glad nobody was seriously hurt. I'm regularly there at that time. Relieved I wasn't. stuckinamatchbox
  • Score: 0

7:11pm Sun 20 Jul 14

alphabeti says...

Deserves a life time ban just for having tinted windows on a Corsa.
Deserves a life time ban just for having tinted windows on a Corsa. alphabeti
  • Score: 4

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