Mother feared son could have been killed in wall collapse

Mother feared son could have been killed in wall collapse

The scene outside the Spar store in Cranham Drive. Photo by Sue SmIith.

John Anyon 26/2/14 09145309Sue Smith with her son Anton, 16 months, by the wall demolished by a delivery lorry at the rear of Cranham Drive Spar on Wednesday (4290115)

John Anyon 26/2/14 09145309Sue Smith with her son Anton, 16 months, by the wall demolished by a delivery lorry at the rear of Cranham Drive Spar on Wednesday (4290120)

John Anyon 26/2/14 09145309Sue Smith with her son Anton, 16 months, by the wall demolished by a delivery lorry at the rear of Cranham Drive Spar on Wednesday (4290126)

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A MOTHER and her young son had a narrow escape after a wayward delivery driver brought a wall tumbling down just feet away.

Sue Smith, aged 33, feared her 16-month-old son Anton could have been killed when the pavement to the rear of the Spar convenience store in Cranham Drive, Warndon, Worcester, was showered with bricks at about 11am on Wednesday.

The quick-thinking mother, who lives in Martindale Close, was able to get her child to safety as the store's delivery driver continued to reverse the lorry into the wall, causing a large section of it to collapse onto the street below.

Ms Smith said: "I went to go home - I walk past that wall every single day - when I saw the lorry reversing. I saw the wall bowing out, so I knew it was about to collapse.

"I thought, 'I'm not going to walk past because it will come down any second'. If we were to walk past that, and if I didn't think it would would collapse, we would have been badly hurt. My little boy would probably have died."

Ms Smith, who is a regular visitor to the store, says the area is usually busy with shoppers and young schoolchildren walking by at various times in the day.

Barry Davies, managing director of Spar wholesale distributor's Blakemore Logistics, said: “We are investigating an incident involving one of our vehicles colliding with a wall at our SPAR store at Cranham Drive, in Worcester.

“The company has already made arrangements for the wall to be repaired and are thankful that nobody was injured.”

Ms Smith added: "I was pretty shaken knowing that could have had us both. I went back into the shop and because it still scared me - I have the visions in my head.

"When they started to clean it up one of the workmen said 'you are very lucky'."

After spending about 15 minutes inside the store to calm herself down and collect her thoughts, Ms Smith was able to safely walk to a friend's house nearby despite still feeling shaken up.

 

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10:34am Thu 27 Feb 14

CJH says...

"I thought, 'I'm not going to walk past because it will come down any second'. If we were to walk past that, and if I didn't think it would would collapse, we would have been badly hurt"
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Does this make sense to anyone?
"I thought, 'I'm not going to walk past because it will come down any second'. If we were to walk past that, and if I didn't think it would would collapse, we would have been badly hurt" . Does this make sense to anyone? CJH
  • Score: 10

11:06am Thu 27 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

more like 'arggh run'
more like 'arggh run' liketoknow
  • Score: 1

12:10pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

With the amount of trauma sufferred and with 'the visions in my head', can i smell a claim coming on?
With the amount of trauma sufferred and with 'the visions in my head', can i smell a claim coming on? Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 17

1:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

elcapitano117 says...

mmmmm the question im asking is will spar or the driver offer to buy her a playstation 4?
mmmmm the question im asking is will spar or the driver offer to buy her a playstation 4? elcapitano117
  • Score: 9

2:52pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Redhillman says...

"young schoolchildren walking by at various times in the day". So, some aren't at school as they should be then?
"young schoolchildren walking by at various times in the day". So, some aren't at school as they should be then? Redhillman
  • Score: 5

6:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Rainbowdust99 says...

Redhillman wrote:
"young schoolchildren walking by at various times in the day". So, some aren't at school as they should be then?
The school is close by so school children do walk past at various times of the day nursery school children usually start at 9 then finish at 12 then restarting again at 1 and finishing at 3.
[quote][p][bold]Redhillman[/bold] wrote: "young schoolchildren walking by at various times in the day". So, some aren't at school as they should be then?[/p][/quote]The school is close by so school children do walk past at various times of the day nursery school children usually start at 9 then finish at 12 then restarting again at 1 and finishing at 3. Rainbowdust99
  • Score: 2

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