Trimley St Mary: Drama as car crashes into wall of pub

BUILDING experts will be called in today to assess the damage to a popular pub after a car overturned and crashed into it.

A bay window of the Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary was severely damaged when it was hit by the Seat Leon after the vehicle was involved in a collision with a Toyota Hilux last night.

The Seat also damaged two picnic benches which were donated to landlord and landlady Dave and Debbie Atkinson by the EADT’s sister paper, the Evening Star, for the pub forecourt after another crash last summer smashed their previous tables.

Luckily no-one was injured last night, although a paramedic car and ambulance attended the scene in High Road for medics to check over the two drivers involved.

Mr Atkinson said: “It was pretty quiet and we were just chatting and suddenly there is this great big bang.

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“I thought a container had come off the back of a truck or something – it was that loud.

“The car had hit the pub and smashed into our window, completely shifting the frame. It is quite badly damaged.

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“My wife took one look and said: ‘What have they got against our benches?’

“We couldn’t believe we lost them again.”

Mr Atkinson said that, fortunately, no-one had been sitting at the small table in the bay window at the time.

“The two men who usually sit there had gone into the other bar because it was warmer in there, otherwise they would have got quite a shock,” he said.

The Seat Leon crossed the pavement as it left the road at 5.45pm and came to rest on its side across the forecourt with the bonnet crumpled against the pub window.

The Hilux suffered minor damage to its driver’s side wing.

A police spokesman said no-one was injured and an ambulance had attended as a precaution. No-one had been arrested.

Last summer, a black Ford Mondeo ploughed into four tables outside the pub, narrowly missing a phone box and bus stop sign.

The vehicle went between the phone box and the sign after knocking down a telegraph pole.

The 32-year-old driver told police and paramedics that he had had a violent coughing fit and then blacked out.

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