LiveCar smashes into pillar at Wellington Waitrose

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Summary

  • Car hits pillar near cafe.
  • Emergency services called at 9.20am.
  • Two taken to hospital; one treated at scene.
  • No shoppers harmed.
  • Car towed away shortly before 11am.
  • Part of store closed.

3:15pm

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service tweeted this picture from the scene this morning.

 

 

1:00pm

Chris Reynard, branch manager at Waitrose Wellington, said: "Our thoughts are with the driver who we wish a quick recovery, and we'd like to thank the emergency services for their response.

"The shop is open but as a precaution we have temporarily closed the cafe while we await the attendance of a structural engineer."

12:48pm

No shoppers were harmed during this morning's incident.

A Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said: "One female casualty was removed from vehicle by ambulance personnel assisted by the fire service.

"The vehicle had collided with a brick pillar at the front of the building and dislodged some of the brickwork, which caused a window to smash.

"Fallen masonry had entered the shop and cafe area but no shoppers were harmed. The main structure of the shop was not damaged."

12:45pm

12:45pm

One eyewitness said: "An off duty firefighter and two paramedics saw to the driver involved in the crash.

"They were there for around 15 to 20 minutes before more help arrived."

12:38pm

Today's incident is another setback for the supermarket, after only fully recovering from a devastating blaze in July. See the links below:

12:19pm

12:18pm

Did you witness the crash? Call reporter Michael Marsh on 01823-365105 or email michael.marsh@nqsw.co.uk

12:03pm

Emergency services have left the scene. The rubble left from the smash has been cordoned off.

11:13am

11:09am

Somerset County Gazette:

11:08am

The car has been towed away from the scene but part of the store is closed. The extension only reopened a few weeks ago following a large fire.

11:07am

10:27am

South Western Ambulance Service says there were three casualties in the incident. 

Two people have been taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and one was treated at the scene.

10:17am

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said the pillar is supporting the roof above the store's cafe.

10:11am

The Waitrose store in Wellington, pictured in 2011.

Somerset County Gazette:

10:08am

EMERGENCY services are at the Waitrose supermarket in Wellington, where a car has crashed into a pillar.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the store in High Street at 9.20am this morning (January 16). 

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3:50pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

Elderly driver I am betting! more over 80s on the road than ever before and no retesting!! We urgently need it! Imagine if that was someones child!

As for waitrose couldnt blame them if they pulled out of wellington the locals keep damaging their store.
Elderly driver I am betting! more over 80s on the road than ever before and no retesting!! We urgently need it! Imagine if that was someones child! As for waitrose couldnt blame them if they pulled out of wellington the locals keep damaging their store. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -5

8:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

OMG!!!! says...

Seriously dont understand how this can even happen?!?! Thank goodness nobody was seriously hurt!
Seriously dont understand how this can even happen?!?! Thank goodness nobody was seriously hurt! OMG!!!!
  • Score: 4

6:34am Fri 17 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

somersetbhoy wrote:
Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!!
They should of built a full size store in Taunton all along.

Wellington gets a lot of business from the outskirts as a lot of people can't afford to shop there, it was always a bit posh for wellington.
[quote][p][bold]somersetbhoy[/bold] wrote: Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!![/p][/quote]They should of built a full size store in Taunton all along. Wellington gets a lot of business from the outskirts as a lot of people can't afford to shop there, it was always a bit posh for wellington. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -7

9:36am Fri 17 Jan 14

Wellyboy says...

Since when does a town have to be posh to get a Waitrose - Taunton isn't any better than Wellington.

Anyway if your going on them lines look why is there one in Weston??
Since when does a town have to be posh to get a Waitrose - Taunton isn't any better than Wellington. Anyway if your going on them lines look why is there one in Weston?? Wellyboy
  • Score: 11

11:57am Fri 17 Jan 14

Wellington Shrek says...

somersetbhoy wrote:
Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!!
Sure I can remember someone setting fire to Morrisons years ago, where was that now ......... oh yes Taunton
[quote][p][bold]somersetbhoy[/bold] wrote: Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!![/p][/quote]Sure I can remember someone setting fire to Morrisons years ago, where was that now ......... oh yes Taunton Wellington Shrek
  • Score: 7

2:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

Wellington Shrek wrote:
somersetbhoy wrote: Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!!
Sure I can remember someone setting fire to Morrisons years ago, where was that now ......... oh yes Taunton
Yes but someone didnt ram raid it 3 weeks after re-opening.
[quote][p][bold]Wellington Shrek[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]somersetbhoy[/bold] wrote: Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!![/p][/quote]Sure I can remember someone setting fire to Morrisons years ago, where was that now ......... oh yes Taunton[/p][/quote]Yes but someone didnt ram raid it 3 weeks after re-opening. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -4

2:21pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

Wellington Shrek wrote:
somersetbhoy wrote: Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!!
How do you know when you live in a posh town, is it when you disappear up your own bum or is it when you can choose where to shop ............. Lets see Taunton has Asda, TWO lidls, and rumoured to be getting an Aldi. Wow I must move to Taunton so I can brag about living in a posh town, anyone from Roman Road or the circles wanna swap houses
roman road isnt that bad these days its priorswood or most of wellington, especially oakenground were no one has tv licence or pays their bills! rockwell green the locals try and rob their chippy!
[quote][p][bold]Wellington Shrek[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]somersetbhoy[/bold] wrote: Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!![/p][/quote]How do you know when you live in a posh town, is it when you disappear up your own bum or is it when you can choose where to shop ............. Lets see Taunton has Asda, TWO lidls, and rumoured to be getting an Aldi. Wow I must move to Taunton so I can brag about living in a posh town, anyone from Roman Road or the circles wanna swap houses[/p][/quote]roman road isnt that bad these days its priorswood or most of wellington, especially oakenground were no one has tv licence or pays their bills! rockwell green the locals try and rob their chippy! Mi_Coc
  • Score: -6

6:38pm Wed 22 Jan 14

somered says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
Wellington Shrek wrote:
somersetbhoy wrote: Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!!
How do you know when you live in a posh town, is it when you disappear up your own bum or is it when you can choose where to shop ............. Lets see Taunton has Asda, TWO lidls, and rumoured to be getting an Aldi. Wow I must move to Taunton so I can brag about living in a posh town, anyone from Roman Road or the circles wanna swap houses
roman road isnt that bad these days its priorswood or most of wellington, especially oakenground were no one has tv licence or pays their bills! rockwell green the locals try and rob their chippy!
I think your user name is misspelt the Mi should read" I am a"
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wellington Shrek[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]somersetbhoy[/bold] wrote: Waitrose, please come and build a store in Taunton, we promise not to burn it down or drive into it!![/p][/quote]How do you know when you live in a posh town, is it when you disappear up your own bum or is it when you can choose where to shop ............. Lets see Taunton has Asda, TWO lidls, and rumoured to be getting an Aldi. Wow I must move to Taunton so I can brag about living in a posh town, anyone from Roman Road or the circles wanna swap houses[/p][/quote]roman road isnt that bad these days its priorswood or most of wellington, especially oakenground were no one has tv licence or pays their bills! rockwell green the locals try and rob their chippy![/p][/quote]I think your user name is misspelt the Mi should read" I am a" somered
  • Score: 1

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