Car hits wall of restaurant

Stationwagon sped through Childers Rd/Customhouse St roundabout and crashed into building. Driver in ICU in a stable condition.

Stationwagon sped through Childers Rd/Customhouse St roundabout and crashed into building. Driver in ICU in a stable condition.

EARLY AM CRASH: The driver of a stationwagon that left Childers Road and smashed into the outside wall of the Ussco Bar and Bistro at 2am this morning is in a stable condition in the intensive care unit at Gisborne Hospital. Picture supplied

RESIDENTS at the river end of Childers Road were rudely awakened at 2am today when a stationwagon left the road and smashed into the wall of the historic Union Steam Ship Co. building. The building houses the Ussco Bar and Bistro Restaurant, a cafe and two apartments. The vehicle struck the outside wall of Ussco.

“We were woken by a massive bang, got up to look out our top-storey windows, to see a car that seemed to be poking out of the restaurant,” said resident Janet Mackey.

She called emergency services and said police, the fire service and St John ambulance staff all arrived very quickly.

“The man was initially trapped in his vehicle and emergency services worked quickly to get him out,” said another apartment resident, Christine Boyce.

Fortunate that accident missed earlier diners

Mrs Boyce said it was fortunate the accident happened when it did — any earlier and Ussco diners would have been on the outside tables in the exact spot where the car crashed.

One eyewitness leaving the Poverty Bay Club said she saw someone narrowly miss getting hit — jumping out of the way of the speeding vehicle.

St John ambulance staff treated the man initially in the vehicle while firefighters disentangled him from the driver’s seat. He was taken to Gisborne Hospital.

“The 47-year-old man has been admitted to the intensive care ward,” a hospital spokeswoman said. “He is reported to be in a stable condition.”

Significant impact

Firefighters who attended said the crash involved a significant impact.

“While the building did not appear to be too badly damaged, the man’s vehicle had significant frontal damage,” a senior firefighter said.

Police said the Honda Odyssey stationwagon sped through the roundabout at the Childers Road-Customhouse Street intersection before the crash.

“It left the road, mounted the kerb and crashed into the building.”

The stationwagon did not penetrate the building.

'The guy could have died'

Ms Mackey said the accident could have been a lot worse.

“The guy could have died. His vehicle hit the building very hard. The wall has suffered only superficial damage and can be fixed.”

Ms Mackey said she would get building inspectors in to check for structural damage.

“But it looks as if the car has only shaved the mouldings off the base of the building.”

Poverty Bay Club was hosting an event last night and the accident drew a crowd of onlookers from the party.

RESIDENTS at the river end of Childers Road were rudely awakened at 2am today when a stationwagon left the road and smashed into the wall of the historic Union Steam Ship Co. building. The building houses the Ussco Bar and Bistro Restaurant, a cafe and two apartments. The vehicle struck the outside wall of Ussco.

“We were woken by a massive bang, got up to look out our top-storey windows, to see a car that seemed to be poking out of the restaurant,” said resident Janet Mackey.

She called emergency services and said police, the fire service and St John ambulance staff all arrived very quickly.

“The man was initially trapped in his vehicle and emergency services worked quickly to get him out,” said another apartment resident, Christine Boyce.

Fortunate that accident missed earlier diners

Mrs Boyce said it was fortunate the accident happened when it did — any earlier and Ussco diners would have been on the outside tables in the exact spot where the car crashed.

One eyewitness leaving the Poverty Bay Club said she saw someone narrowly miss getting hit — jumping out of the way of the speeding vehicle.

St John ambulance staff treated the man initially in the vehicle while firefighters disentangled him from the driver’s seat. He was taken to Gisborne Hospital.

“The 47-year-old man has been admitted to the intensive care ward,” a hospital spokeswoman said. “He is reported to be in a stable condition.”

Significant impact

Firefighters who attended said the crash involved a significant impact.

“While the building did not appear to be too badly damaged, the man’s vehicle had significant frontal damage,” a senior firefighter said.

Police said the Honda Odyssey stationwagon sped through the roundabout at the Childers Road-Customhouse Street intersection before the crash.

“It left the road, mounted the kerb and crashed into the building.”

The stationwagon did not penetrate the building.

'The guy could have died'

Ms Mackey said the accident could have been a lot worse.

“The guy could have died. His vehicle hit the building very hard. The wall has suffered only superficial damage and can be fixed.”

Ms Mackey said she would get building inspectors in to check for structural damage.

“But it looks as if the car has only shaved the mouldings off the base of the building.”

Poverty Bay Club was hosting an event last night and the accident drew a crowd of onlookers from the party.

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