Drama in the High Street: Driver cut out of car after ‘reversing into estate agency’

Firefighters had to cut the roof off a car to rescue a man who had accidentally reversed into an estate agency, reports suggest.

Monday, 22nd September 2014, 7:33 pm
Where the Berkhamsted High Street smash happened - from Google Street View

Police closed Berkhamsted High Street for more than two hours after Adrian Cole & Partners was hit at about 5pm on Friday.

Owner of the business Adrian Cole said: “An absolute resounding bang echoed through the building.

“It was Providence that there were no pedestrians passing at that moment.”

The driver, who was in his 40s, suffered a back injury, but is not thought to have been badly harmed.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Richard Dunne said: “Firefighters cut the roof off, so that the man could be removed without having to move.”

He said the driver’s back could have been further injured if he had moved as he got out of the car. He was taken to Watford General Hospital at 6.20pm.

Mr Cole said: “He was compos mentis, but clearly very shaken – and understandably so.”

It is understood that the driver reversed through a rather sturdy bench, which prevented the vehicle from causing further damage to estate agency.

Mr Cole said: “He must have hit that a fair old whack – and it saved our office.”

The driver is also thought to have hit another vehicle during the mishap, which happened when he was reversing out of a parking bay.

Mr Cole said: “I just hope the chap is alright.”

Berkhamsted High Street was closed between Manor Street and Lower Kings Road until 7.30pm.