Bar reopens after 'devastating' crash

The owners of a seafront bar which saw a car crash into its outdoor seating area, said the experience was "devastating".

A grey Mercedes crashed into The Nook bar on The Esplanade in Weymouth, Dorset shortly after 12:00 BST on Friday.

Police said two pedestrians were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and have renewed an appeal for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage.

The bar, which has since reopened, said "thankfully" no customers had been sitting outside at the time.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the bar thanked the emergency services and everyone who helped deal with clearing up after the crash,

"It's incredible and devastating to think how quickly the course of a day can change, and the consequences of that.

"What you can't replace is life and we are relieved, really really relieved, that this happened at a time when the bar was as good as closed - what could have been does not bare thinking about," it said.

Dorset Police said the two pedestrians - a woman aged in her 20s and a man aged in his 40s - sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. They have since been discharged.

"The elderly male driver of the car did not sustain any serious injuries," police said.

The Esplanade was closed to allow emergency services to safely deal with the incident.

PC Steve Eastwood said: "Our enquires are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the collision.

"The seafront would have been busy at this time of day and I am keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened and has not already spoken to police."

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