North East Wales

Mold market crash: Police investigations continue

Fire engine and ambulance at Mold market
Image caption Two people were said to have been seriously injured

Investigations are continuing after eight people were taken to hospital when a car crashed into market stalls in a busy town centre on Saturday.

Two people were seriously hurt in the collision in Mold, Flintshire, but the injuries were not life-threatening.

It is not clear why the vehicle drove down the street, which is closed to traffic on market days, but witnesses have been asked to come forward.

No arrests have been made, it is understood.

Trader Paul Bingham said he heard the revving of a car engine at around 10:53 GMT before the vehicle collided with one of his customers.

His mobile phone stall is at the top of the market and 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 cleared away as debris lay on the ground, while other sections of the market continued trading.

'Hell of a bang'

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

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.

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Media captionThe eight injured were taken to hospitals in north Wales and Chester

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 a woman in the passenger seat of the car: "She looked petrified."

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

A female patient was flown by air ambulance to Glan Clwyd Hospital and two patients with minor injuries were taken by ambulance to the Countess of Chester Hospital.

North Wales Police praised the "positive actions" of market traders and shoppers.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101.

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