ARARAT - Police say it is very lucky no one was injured when a car mounted a Barkly Street footpath and ploughed into the front of the Ararat Lyal Eales store on Wednesday.
It is estimated the incident which occurred just after 9.40am caused around $15,000 damage to the front of the store including two large glass windows, their frames and a small amount of stock.
The elderly occupants of the vehicle were assessed by ambulance officers and spoken to by police before the car was returned to the road and they were allowed to simply drive away.
The incident occurred after the male driver, attempting to reverse from a car park next to the busy pedestrian crossing in Barkly Street adjacent to the front of Lyal Eales store mistakenly put the car in drive.
Police Sergeant Brad Fisher said it comes as a timely reminder that drivers of all ages - not just the elderly should think seriously about whether they have the skills to be driving.
He said incidents of a similar nature were becoming a common theme.
"In this case it is very lucky no other person was injured and that greater damage wasn't caused considering where this incident occurred," he said.
Lyal Eale staff member Sherrill Stebbing said despite incurring a damage bill of around $15,000 the most important thing was that nobody got hurt.
She agreed it was very lucky given the collision occurred in the centre of a busy street and close to a pedestrian laneway and road crossing.
"At first we heard an all mighty bang and I thought it was as if something had fallen from the roof but when we saw the smoke and broken glass we realised that the car had actually entered the store," she said.
A quick response from CFA and SES crews who worked to clear the scene and return traffic to normal ensured minimal disruptions to the public.