North East Wales

Mold market crash: Eight hurt as car hits stalls

Car amongst market stalls in Mold
Image caption It is not known why the car was driven into the stalls
Mold market crash - BBC copyright
Image caption The street was full of shoppers for market day
Some of the market stalls were damaged
Image caption Some of the market stalls were damaged
Market traders cleared up the aftermath
Image caption Market traders cleared up the aftermath
Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the scene
Image caption Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the scene
Fire engine and ambulance at Mold market
Image caption Two people were said to have been seriously injured

Eight people have been taken to hospital after a driver crashed into market stalls in a north Wales town.

The incident happened in Mold high street at around 10:53 GMT on Saturday.

It is not clear why the vehicle was driven down the street - closed to traffic on market days - but witnesses have been asked to come forward.

Emergency services say two of those hurt have serious but not life-threatening injuries and the scene has now been cleared.

Trader Paul Bingham said he heard the car being revved before the vehicle crashed into the market.

His mobile phone stall is at the top of the market but the vehicle missed his trailer and ploughed into another nearby.

"It was horrendous," he told BBC Wales.

"We had a car come through the market. We are all in shock. I'm going home. I can't work today."

Other stalls outside the Halifax bank were also being cleared away with debris lying on the ground while other sections of the market carried on trading.

'Hell of a bang'

Shoppers and traders went to the assistance of some of the injured people while other witnesses explained how the emergency services were on the scene within minutes.

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Media captionEye witnesses describe what they saw and heard

They described how the nearby town hall was used as a rest centre and staff at the bank brought out cups of tea to people shocked by what they had seen and heard.

Eye witness Helen Freak told BBC Wales: "It made a hell of a bang, and it hit a concrete dragon.

"I think that sort of alerted people to what was going on and we watched this car career through the market with people just trying to get out of the way - pushchairs, kids - it was horrible."

Trader Beryl McGinnes said of the woman in the passenger seat of the car: "She looked petrified."

North Wales Ambulance Service said five people, including the two seriously hurt, have been taken by ambulance to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

A female patient has been flown by air ambulance to Glan Clwyd Hospital and two female patients with minor injuries have also been taken by ambulance to the Countess of Chester Hospital.

None of the injuries are life-threatening and crews also treated number of casualties at the scene with minor injuries.

North Wales Police chief inspector Dave Owens said: "I would like to commend the positive actions of the market traders and locals from the community at the time of the incident and the subsequent response."

The scene had been cleared by around 12:30 GMT.

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