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Mobility scooter 'took off' and crashed through shop window

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

The scene of the accident at the Bayliss Centre, in Street, on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Darren Hobday

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An elderly man had a lucky escape in Street on Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his mobility scooter and it ploughed into the window of a butcher shop.

Eyewitness Darren Hobday said: “I’d just come out of the phone shop when I spotted a man on his scooter zooming across the road.

“He went straight across the car park in the Bayliss Centre and hit the kerb and sort of took off, flew a foot through the air and landed in the shop window.”

Luckily the man was not injured in the accident, simply getting off his scooter to go into the butchers to apologise, before attempting to carry on with his shopping.

“A few other people came out of the shops to make sure that he was all right.

“He was really lucky – some of the pieces of glass that fell were huge and jagged – I don’t like to think what might’ve happened to him.”

A spokesman for P and K Meats said their window had not yet been replaced and was still boarded up, but it was business as usual for the butchers.

“It’s been a bit of a setback, as people can’t see what’s on display any more,” he said.

“Hopefully it’ll be repaired soon.”

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