Car crashes into Starbucks in front of horrified commuters in Wimbledon
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.”
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