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Two injured as car hits market stalls in Buckingham

Damaged car in Buckingham after the lorry's removal Image copyright Kirk Ayres
Image caption Eyewitnesses described how the car was on the pavement and travelling at speed as it crashed

Two elderly women were hurt - one of them seriously - when a car crashed into market stalls and a lorry in Buckingham's market place.

It happened in Market Square just before 08:50 BST.

Firefighters released an injured woman from the car, and a female pedestrian was also hurt.

One trader, who escaped injury, described how the car destroyed his stall after it mounted the pavement while travelling at speed.

The ambulance service said a pedestrian suffered a serious leg injury, while the driver of the car was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The pedestrian, who also suffered a less serious head injury, was taken to the major trauma centre at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Image caption Police said at least two people had been injured including the car driver and a pedestrian

Eyewitnesses spoke of their shock.

Stallholder Nigel Price said: "A car came down the pavement, out-of-control and demolished my stall - I estimate it was doing about 50mph.

"Fortunately I was stood on the other side of the road - it's one of those things you just can't believe."

Image copyright Raimonda Barauskaite
Image caption The crash happened in Market Square in the centre of Buckingham just before 08:50 BST

Raimonda Barauskaite, who works nearby, said: "I heard a very loud noise and thought something horrible had happened.

"I looked outside and the whole market had gone."

Diana Blamires said: "It was clear that a car had ploughed through the market and into a lorry. There was debris everywhere. It was chaos.

"There were quite a few people at the scene who were just shocked and worried about what had happened."

A Facebook post by Thames Valley Police said: "Many of the market stalls were damaged during the collision."

Image caption Nigel Price saw his stall completed destroyed by the car as he stood a short distance away

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