23 April 2024

'A miracle no one got hurt': Driver crashes into Lake Village Takeaway

| Jarryd Rowley
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Patrons and staff of Lake Village Takeaway were lucky to walk away unharmed as a car came crashing through the entrance of the shop on Monday morning. Photo: Lake Village Takeaway Facebook.

Staff at Wagga’s Lake Village Takeaway received the shock of a lifetime when a driver rammed their car through the storefront’s entrance on Monday (22 April) morning.

According to Shane Roberts, the son of Lake Village Takeaway owner and shift supervisor, an elderly driver had a medical episode that caused them to lose control of the car and breach the entrance of the shop.

“It was a typical Monday morning, business as usual, getting ready for the day and all of a sudden, one of the workers started screaming running out the back of the shop,” Mr Roberts said.

“There was a huge bang, a car came straight through and caved in the front of the shop.”

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Mr Roberts said the driver of the car came from the direction of the Lake Albert Snap Fitness gym before mounting the curb of the takeaway shop.

“We’re pretty certain [they] had blacked out,” he said.

“The car took out a structural beam and sent glass all through the shop. We’re going to have to drain out all the oil and clean the shop thoroughly.

“It was a miracle that no one got hurt. Everyone was obviously pretty shaken up about it, but we’ll be able to bounce back pretty quickly I reckon.”

Lake Village Takeaway manager Shane Roberts said once the clean up has finished, he expects the store to be up and running again by the end of the week. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

A Facebook post by Lake Village Takeaway said the store is expected to be closed for a couple of days. However, Mr Roberts is hopeful the closure will be brief, and renovations can be completed soon.

“We’re hopeful we can get a temporary door and just barricade the front of the shop, he said.

“We’re hoping to be back up and running within the next couple of days with the temporary fixes until we can get up and running properly.”

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Lake Albert residents have already begun showing their support for the popular takeaway shop, with many taking to social media to express their concerns and relief.

Facebook user Peter McDonnell expressed his gratitude for Lake Village Takeaway, stating; “I’m even more grateful for my fish n chips on Saturday. I hope you repair quickly and bounce back into business.”

Mr Roberts expects the store to be back up and running in some capacity by the end of the week.

The driver and a passenger in the vehicle walked away unharmed.

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