Car-tastrophe averted

The car - almost in the River Douglas
The car - almost in the River Douglas

PEDESTRIANS had a lucky escape after an unattended car rolled backwards down an alleyway before crashing through barriers and almost ending up in the River Douglas.

At around noon yesterday (Thursday) a silver Mercedes was rescued from the riverside behind the Central parkway Tesco petrol station after crashing through a steel fence. It is believed the hand-brake hadn’t been fully applied.

One local resident who saw the incident said: “Somebody could have been seriously hurt or killed if they had been walking past.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it rolling down the hill - it could have been a lot worse.

“What if a mum had been walking past with a buggy, or a child on a bike had been hit? It doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Police attended the scene to interview witnesses.

The owner of the car John Paul Oczerklewicz said: “I’m just relieved that nobody was hurt during the whole incident.

“I mean the car is just bits of tin and metal which could easily be replaced, it would have been awful if somebody was injured and I’m so glad nobody was, that’s all I’m bothered about.

“It will probably cost a few grand to get it fixed but it’s a small price to pay compared to if somebody had been seriously injured.

“I’m not bothered about the money really it’s no trouble at all.”