A 71-year-old woman’s car was left hanging over the edge of an upper-storey shopping centre carpark in Perth’s northern suburbs after it crashed through a barrier.
The maroon Mitsubishi Lancer crashed into the barrier at Centro Warwick on Beach Road about 12.45pm, sending bricks and chunks of concrete flying onto cars below.
Police at the scene said the woman, who was shaken but not injured, would not have survived the fall if the car had gone over the edge.
They said she had crashed through the barrier after she accidently placed her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake.
The woman was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital by ambulance for checks.
Three City of Joondalup workers who were on their lunch break came to the elderly woman’s rescue.
One of the men jumped into the back seat of the car to stop it from tipping over the edge, while the other two turned off the car and pulled the woman from the driver’s seat.
One of the council workers, Tony Graham, said they had finished having lunch and were leaving the centre when the crash happened just metres away.
Mr Graham said they were the only people around at the time.
“It was pretty scary because we were worried the car was going to go over,” Mr Graham said.
“It’s a decent drop... the wheels were still going. It was still in drive.
“One of the boys jumped in the back because it was just a concrete slab that was holding the car up there.
“The woman was in shock. We gave her some water when she got out of the car.”
Five cars parked below the crash scene were badly damaged, including a Ford Falcon that was flattened by the falling debris.
The owner of the Falcon, 58-year-old fly-in, fly-out worker Vicki Lockhart, said she had been in the shopping centre for just 10 minutes when she returned to find her car crushed.
Ms Lockhart, who is due to return to work on Monday, said her car had been written off and she had no insurance.
“I could have been seriously injured so thank god I wasn’t in the car,” Ms Lockhart said.
“I went into the bank to activate my card for 10 minutes and came back out.
“I saw all these people looking up and I thought "what are they looking at?".
“And then I saw it. I wasn’t happy."
Witness Sam Holt said he heard a loud smash and saw rubble falling from the first level.
"I was walking underneath the canopy and I heard this terrific crash and I saw masonry coming down," he said.
"When it quietened down I looked and saw the car protruding over the barrier."