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TAB rammed: driver may have jumped the start

ALL BETS OFF: Workers clean up the damaged TAB in the St Ives Shopping Centre in Goodna after a car ploughed through it.
ALL BETS OFF: Workers clean up the damaged TAB in the St Ives Shopping Centre in Goodna after a car ploughed through it. Rob Williams

THE teenager behind the wheel of the car which crashed through a Goodna betting shop, causing thousands of dollars damage, may have pressed the wrong pedal.

The car driven by the 19-year-old missed bollards placed in front of the TAB in St Ives Shopping Centre and caused panic among six punters inside.

One of the punters told the QT of his and other customers lucky escapes as the car came quickly towards the shop front and crashed through to the back wall.

There were chaotic scenes as emergency services worked amid shattered glass and broken wood to free the driver.

The carnage left behind was evident in the light of day behind the police tape.

Workmen began clearing out the shop, loading massive shards of glass from the shop front window into trucks.

A gaping hole was left in the rear brick wall where the car burst through.

Disappointed punters who turned up yesterday to place a bet or claim their winnings had to find another TAB.

Police are investigating if a mechanical fault caused the accident or if it was driver error.

Police are awaiting the results of the mechanical report before deciding if charges will be laid.

Investigations into the accident are continuing.

Topics:  st ives shopping centre, tab



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