Lucky escape at pub car crash

White Hart pub, Town Street Duffield.
White Hart pub, Town Street Duffield.

customers at a Duffield pub were left counting their lucky stars after escaping unhurt when a car crashed into the hostelry while they were inside.

Diners and drinkers at the White Hart, on Town Street, were enjoying a relaxing lunch-time on Thursday, March 10, when the peace was shattered by a Ford Fiesta ploughing into the front of the pub.

A member of staff at the pub and restaurant said the car had somehow crashed through the gap where deliveries are taken and hit the building.

He said the car had cracked some stone in the wall, but that the damage did not appear too severe.

Pub landlord Chris Nicholson said: “It is lucky the car did not hit anyone because it was quite busy outside, particularly with school children about.”

The three people who were in the car suffered injuries and were taken to the Royal Derby Hospital.

But a Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said no-one was seriously hurt in the collision, which happened at about 1.15pm. The car was badly damaged. It was said to have been pulling out of Ecclesbourne Avenue onto the A6 before the accident. One witness said: “It was a bit surreal. It just hit the pub and rolled back in slow motion.”

Another added: “It is rather fortunate that no pedestrians were in the way of it. They could have been hurt.”

The road was closed and the car was removed by about 2.30pm.

Mr Nicholson has owned the pub for 11 years and said that he had never known a vehicle hit it before.

“It just seems to be one of those bizarre incidents,” he said.

He said damage to the building was minimal because it was ‘old and sturdy’. “It was built in the 1930s using stone and brick, so it was able to withstand the impact,” he said.

A couple of people administered first-aid to the people in the car before the emergency services arrived, while one customer directed traffic.