A car smashed through pedestrian railings and tore through a shop shutter in the early hours of this morning in Coventry Road, Birmingham.

The shocking incident took place on Saturday (29 April) at the corner of Charles Road and Coventry Road in the Small Heath area of the city.

Dramatic pictures of the aftermath of the crash were shared on a Small Heath page on Facebook which showed the scene of the accident as emergency crews worked at the scene.

The incident took place at the corner of Charles Road and Coventry in Small HeathSupplied
The incident took place at the corner of Charles Road and Coventry in Small Heath

The car had apparently sped right through the pedestrian railings, which are erected at the corner of Charles Road and Coventry Road, and then come to a rest after tearing though the shutter of a shoes and accessories shop.

Broken glass and car parts were strewn around the scene as police and fire crews arrived at the scene.

The car was so tightly wedged in the store front that fire crews needed specialist equipment to start the process of extracting the vehicle.

The pedestrian railings were totally destroyed when the car ploughed through them and crashed into the shop frontSupplied
The pedestrian railings were totally destroyed when the car ploughed through them and crashed into the shop front
West Midlands Fire Service crews were spotted at the scene after the crashSupplied
West Midlands Fire Service crews were spotted at the scene after the crash

There is no official word yet regarding causalities.

The scene of the accident is normally a very busy section of Coventry Road which is used by shoppers, residents and school children.

Mudassar Khan, who lives near the scene of the accident, told I Am Birmingham┬áthat he’s not surprised by today’s crash.

“The only surprise is that there wasn’t a mass tragedy here,” he said.

The shocking crash took place at a time when there were no pedestrians or shoppersSupplied
The shocking crash took place at a time when there were no pedestrians or shoppers

Mr Khan, added: “Today was a miracle. If this’d happened in the afternoon, or evening, the local hospital would be full of dead or injured people.

“Won’t be long before another crash.

“Every night, and all the way into early morning, there’s young men revving and speeding like hell drivers high on oxide.

“Even the side roads aren’t safe. I saw a local grandmother nearly get run over on Somerville Road yesterday. Poor woman was scared to death afterwards!”


This is a developing story which will be updated as more details are known.

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