Runaway car careers into shop

An extraordinary picture of the damage caused by the car

An extraordinary picture of the damage caused by the car

Shoppers have narrowly missed serious injury or death when a runaway car careered down a hill and into a shop in Omagh.

Police received a report of the car crashing into the shop in the Dromore Road area shortly after 5.10pm on Thursday.

The incident happened in Omagh on Thursday

The incident happened in Omagh on Thursday

“No one was in the car at the time,” police said. “There are no reports of any injuries.”

It is understood the hand brake on the car failed. The vehicle careered backwards into the side of Home Bargains.

Simon Burke was parked outside but his wife and 20-year-old son were inside.

“I heard a loud band and thought it was a bomb going off. At that point I knew something was wrong,” he told the BBC.

A woman and child were among those who narrowly escaped injury

A woman and child were among those who narrowly escaped injury

“My son came running out of the shop to get me. When I went inside, it was carnage and my first instinct was to check for someone underneath the rubble or in the car but there was no-one in the vehicle.”

He added: “The size of the blocks that went flying from the wall, someone could have been killed.”

Everyone inside had “a lucky escape” he said.