Elderly driver and BP connect

03:09, May 23 2013
BP CONNECT: An elderly driver crashed her car through this service station on Lake Rd, Belmont, Auckland.

Staff at an North Shore petrol station got a shock today when a car smashed through the station's main doors and into the foyer.

The car ploughed through rubbish bins, a bollard, a stack of firewood and BP Connect Clifton's glass doors at 11.50am.
Devonport Fire Service station officer Greg Booker said it was possible the elderly female driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

"She's pretty shaken up which is expected - the staff are shaken up as well," he said.

BP Connect employee Jenna O'Donnell said the forecourt was full at the time, but only one customer was inside the building and he was out of the way of the door.

"A lot of people do stand there and read magazines while they wait for coffee," she said.

Devonport resident Callum Mill was filling his flat tyre when he saw the accident.

"I heard the engine rev up and off she went," he said.

He ran across the forecourt and removed the keys from the still-running car and helped the woman get out.

Constable Simon Colbert said police had yet to speak to the driver, work was done to ensure there was no danger of a petrol leak, and the focus was on cleaning up the damage.


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