Car narrowly misses three punters as it smashes into beer garden

Car narrowly misses three punters as it smashes into beer garden

December 31, 2021

Terrifying moment car narrowly misses three punters as it smashes into a pub beer garden and causes more than £2,000 worth of damage

  • Crash occurred at the Hare and Hounds in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, on Monday
  • Footage shows three men standing outside when car ploughs through benches
  • Pub manager Andrea Lesbirel, 28, said it was a ‘miracle’ that no one was hurt
  • Lancashire Police attended the crash scene and are keen to identify the driver 

This is the terrifying moment a car narrowly misses a group of punters as it ploughs through a pub beer garden and causes more than £2,000 worth of damage.

The crash took place at the Hare and Hounds in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, at around 10.30pm on Monday.

Footage shows three men standing outside when a car travelling at a high speed smashes through benches and planters.

Pub manager Andrea Lesbirel, 28, told Lancs Live it was a ‘miracle’ that no one was hurt during the collision.

She said the outcome could have been more serious if it happened during the summer months – when the beer garden is usually filled with people.

The crash took place at the Hare and Hounds in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, at around 10.30pm on Monday (three punters seen stood in the beer garden just before the collision)

The pub’s owner took to social media afterwards, posting on Facebook: ‘3 x picnic benches. 2 x bespoke planters for sale. Smashing prices.’

Ms Lesbirel, who has been the manager for three years, said: ‘It is usually full of picnic benches in the summer, all day and night. 

‘It is a miracle there was no casualties. If this was in the summer there is no doubt there would have been.

‘It’s usually packed all day. I’m so glad no one got hurt – it would have been a very different story.’

It is not thought that any of the people stood in the beer garden at the time of the crash were injured.

Lesbirel said the vehicle smashed through a metal bollard, two metal planters and three picnic benches before coming to a stop after hitting a further metal bollard.

If the second bollard was not there, she believes that the car would have gone on to cause even further damage to other vehicles parked on the side street.

She said: ‘There was £2,000 worth of damage because the picnic benches are around £200 to £300 each and the planters were bespoke so they were made for the pub at about £500 each.

‘They were really big and obviously we’ve got to replace the bollards.’

The incident hasn’t affected the venue’s opening hours with everything being cleared overnight.

The pub’s owner took to social media afterwards, posting on Facebook: ‘3 x picnic benches. 2 x bespoke planters for sale. Smashing prices’

Footage shows three men standing outside when a car travelling at a high speed smashes through benches and planters

Pub manager Andrea Lesbirel, 28, said it was a ‘miracle’ that no one was hurt during the collision and that the outcome could have been more serious if it happened during the summer

Andrea added: ‘The local residents helped us to clear it up.’

Lancashire Police attended the crash scene and are appealing to the public for information concerning the driver.

A spokesperson for the force said: ‘We are appealing for information after a road traffic collision at the Hare and Hounds on Ormskirk Road in Skelmersdale.

‘It occurred around 11pm on Monday (December 27). We are keen to identify the driver of the car.’

Anyone with information can call 101 or email quoting log 1424 of December 27.

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