'Dodgems' in the church car park

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 December 2016


A Budleigh Salterton man has described the moment a five-car collision turned a church car park into a 'dodgems'.

Bystanders had been making their way into a Christmas display at Temple Methodist Church, Fore Street, when they were distracted by a series of loud noises coming from the car park.

Andrew Beresford, of Penlee, told how he watched on as five cars were damaged in the incident.

He and his wife were at the church attending a display based around The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Mr Beresford said a Volkswagon appeared to be ‘driven erratically’ in the car park, leaving two cars potentially ‘undriveable’.

“I had not got past the first exhibit and was standing in the entrance at the top of the steps when my attention was distracted by the first of a series of loud noises in the car park. I guess you could say I had a grandstand view,” said Mr Beresford

“It was a bit like watching an expensive version of dodgems with the engine screaming and wheels continuing to spin for a few minutes after the final impact.

“Fortunately, the elderly lady driver and her male passenger did not appear to suffer serious harm other than shock.”

Mr Beresford immediately called the emergency services.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman confirmed that there were four other cars involved: two Hondas, a Vauxhall and a Mitsubishi.

A spokesman for South West Ambulance Service said an 80-year-old driver, from Budleigh, and her passenger were both treated for shock at the scene and were taken home.

Mr Beresford added: “The ambulance service arrived first and had to direct the moving of one vehicle so that the passenger of the car causing the damage could be released.

“Paramedics delivered the two persons in their care to their own home.”

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