Narrow escape for pub crash driver

The damaged car outside the Blacksmith's Arms. One of the broken picnic benches can be seen. Photo: MFCP11AF05325.
The damaged car outside the Blacksmith's Arms. One of the broken picnic benches can be seen. Photo: MFCP11AF05325.
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A MOTORIST had a narrow escape from serious injury yesterday (Tuesday) after crashing into the front of a Fenland pub.

It is thought the female driver swerved to avoid a cat as she was driving along the busy Elm High Road, next to the Elm junction.

The blue Chevrolet Matiz she was driving left the road at about 4.30pm, ploughed into two outside bench tables and scraped along the front wall of the Blacksmith’s Arms pub. It also demolished a signpost.

Paramedics took the driver to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn with a suspected fractured sternum and whiplash.

Landlady Tina Crawford said the car had scraped along the pub wall, which had only recently been refurbished, brought down a drainpipe and damaged Tarmac in front of the pub.

Tina, who was in a different part of the building at the time, said it was lucky it wasn’t at a time when any customers were in the front bar sitting by the window.

Immediately following the accident, she brought the driver into the pub and sat her down until emergency services arrived.