Owner in tears after café lorry drama
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 January 2012
THE manager of a café smashed into by a lorry said she was 'devastated' when she saw the scene of the accident.
Police, fire and ambulance crews were called out at 6.40am on Monday after a truck crashed into The Cliffs Tearooms in Upper Kewstoke Road, Weston.
Nearby resident Colin Short said: “I heard a commotion and looked outside and saw the van sticking out of the café. There were police cars and fire engines all up the road.
“I believe the lorry driver told the police he had been dazzled by the lights of an oncoming car and swerved into the café.”
The cafe’s manager and leaseholder, who declined to be named, said: “It was a real shock. I was in tears and really upset.”
The woman, who has run the café since October, said: “It’s not very long I know, but you get really attached. I remember seeing the café when I was younger, but it had slowly gone downhill and it’s not the way it was. I wanted to get it back to how I remember it. It’s a really friendly place that all the locals love.”
She said that because the damage was not thought to be too bad, the café might reopen within a month.
Building contractor Erik Stromberg assessed the damage on Tuesday afternoon after the lorry was removed.
He said the damage to the roof was mostly superficial, although some of the brickwork would need to be replaced. He added: “It has survived pretty well. The structure of the building hasn’t been affected too much.”
The driver of the truck was treated for an hour in an ambulance for shock, but he was not thought to be seriously hurt.