Relief no one was hurt in Rugby town centre car crash

A car crashed into the railings on North Street in Rugby town centre on Saturday. Photo: Rugby Town Centre
A car crashed into the railings on North Street in Rugby town centre on Saturday. Photo: Rugby Town Centre

A car smashed into railings in Rugby town centre on Saturday (July 15) - fortunately no one was hurt but bystanders were worried it could have been much worse.

A white car crashed into the barriers on North Street outside Barclays at around 1pm.

A woman in her 40s, complaining of chest, shoulder and neck pain, was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for treatment.

Warwickshire Police said no arrests were made.

The high street was busy with shoppers and visitors and many witnessed the accident.

Town centre rangers quickly rushed over to help by closing the road, diverting traffic, checking for casualties, liaising with the emergency services and clearing debris.

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First, the organisation behind the rangers, said: "They were calm, quick-thinking, and professional in their approach and with the support of the police and ambulance service were able to get the road opened once it was safe to do so.”

Mr Gaffar added: “Very often we are first on the scene and because of the teams extensive training, including first aid, we are able to deal with a variety of incidents, supported by the CCTV system and operators.

"Once again this highlights the fantastic work of both the town rangers and CCTV operators who deal with a wide variety of issues across the town centre helping to keep it safe and clean for visitors, businesses and resident alike.”

The rangers earned much praise from onlookers and people on social media reacting to the crash.

Dan Weston wrote on Facebook: "Thank god for the excellent work of the town rangers I honestly don't know where we would be without them. Thanks guys keep up the great work."

Many others said it could have been much worse had the barriers not been there.

Gemma Nistorică-David said: "My hubby's bike was locked to the railings that were crashed into.

"Luckily no one was seriously hurt. His bike got a few scratches but a few minutes earlier or later and he could have been next to the barrier when it was crashed into."