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VIDEO: Shoppers escape injury after car crashes into Lake Mac haberdashery


A handful of people are counting their lucky stars after a car crashed into a Lake Macquarie shop on Friday morning.

Emergency services, including Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews, responded to the incident about 9.34am on 24 May, following reports a vehicle careered into a store in a shopping centre at Swansea.

It appears the driver lost control of the Ford in the rear car park of the Pacific Highway property.

Then it ploughed through the wall of a haberdashery, a local, family-owned business for more than 55 years.

Two occupants inside the store narrowly escaped harm.

But, it could have been much worse, according to a FRNSW spokesperson.

“The owner was at the rear of the shop when she heard the impact, the car crashing through shelves of wool and craft supplies,” he said.

“She’s told firefighters, had the crash occurred 20 minutes later, her business would have been busy hosting a regular craft group.

“Thankfully, crews from the nearby Swansea Fire Station were quickly on scene.

“They helped cut the power supply, assess the structural integrity of the building and clear the site of debris.

“The firefighters also helped extract the car from the ruins.”

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