Dramatic footage has captured the moment a car reversed and smashed into the front of a shop in Sydney.
Emergency services were called to Rowe Street in Eastwood, in Sydney’s north, about 12.20pm on Tuesday following reports a Honda CRV had crashed into a shopfront.
The driver, in his 80s, avoided injury and no one else was hurt in the collision, NSW Police told Yahoo News Australia.
There was minor damage to the front of the shop.
Officers from Ryde Police Command attended the scene and subsequently commenced an investigation into the incident.
Eastwood fire brigade officers were on Rowe St when the incident took place.
The elderly man was in the car with his wife at the time of the crash, which occurred as a result of him becoming confused while finding a car park, acting superintendent at Fire and Rescue NSW, Rob Jansen, told Yahoo News Australia.
“He was trying to park the car and it seems like a bit of confusion over which was drive and which was reverse. So the car’s surged forward and it’s hit the front of the shop,” Mr Jansen said.
“Then while he’s negotiating trying to drive away, he’s also hit a parked car, and he’s sort of bounced back and forth between the two a little bit.
“There were some pedestrians on the footpath, including the wife who came out of the car.”
‘Get inside’ yells firie at the scene
Members of the nearby Eastwood Fire Station were getting some lunch close to the accident and coincidentally were there as the incident unfolded.
“They just steered some people into the front of another shop to make sure they weren’t in harm’s way,” Mr Jansen said.
“Eventually they got the car stopped and helped old mate [the driver]. The ambulance came to make sure he was alright because sometimes it’s a medical episode.”
Distressing footage captured a series of loud bangs before nearby firefighters yelled for bystanders to “get inside”.
One officer was heard telling people to “put it away” and “get inside” before instructing one person to call police.
Another video captured from the other side of the road showed the Honda stationary with its front pressed into a roadside bin before it reversed at speed over some debris and onto the footpath.
A subtle “beep” sounded from the car as it slammed into the wall behind it before continuing to reverse into a bollard.
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