Luxury car crashes into pub

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

A Jewish woman who lost control of her car and smashed into pub is recovering at home after escaping with minor injuries.

The 69-year-old, who lives in Salford and wishes to remain anonymous, veered off a busy dual carriageway at speed after colliding with a Smart car on Bury New Road in Whitefield last Friday morning.

The bonnet of the luxury SUV slammed through a brick wall and the window of the Beehive Inn pub, causing fears that part of the building would collapse.

Emergency services personnel propped up the building with timber supports. Landlord Paul Hamilton, whose daughter was due to start cleaning inside the pub minutes after the crash, says business has been affected because only half the pub could reopen.

But he said the main thing was that no-one was hurt. "A building can be rebuilt, but the injuries could have been fatal," he said.

Last updated: 11:15am, August 5 2010