Elderly man reverses into a Tesco cafe in Sutton Coldfield

Christmas shoppers are injured and one is taken to hospital after elderly driver reverses through window of Tesco cafe

  • A man in his 80s reversed through a plate glass window at at a Tesco cafe 
  • The Volkswagen Golf smashed through the window sending glass flying 
  • The incident happened at a Tesco store in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands 
  • Witnesses said the store was packed with Christmas shoppers at the time 

A man was rushed to hospital after an elderly driver reversed his car into a Tesco store packed with Christmas shoppers in Sutton Coldfield.

Several customers suffered cuts when the man, said to be in his 80s, smashed into the window of the in-store cafe at Tesco in Princess Alice Drive retail park, just before 11am on Saturday.

One man in his 20s later fell unconscious and was taken to hospital. 

A driver in his 80s reversed his Volkswagen Golf in through the front window of a Tesco cafe in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

One man in his 20s was taken to hospital after the car went through the plate glass window

One man in his 20s was taken to hospital after the car went through the plate glass window

West Midlands Police, ambulance and fire service crews attended the incident. A structural engineer was called to the scene, however the store has remained open. 

A police spokesman said: ‘Police were alerted just before 11am today after a vehicle crashed through a window of the café at Tesco on Princess Alice Drive retail park in Sutton Coldfield. It’s understood the driver, a man in his 80s, reversed into the window.

‘Some customers suffered cuts from broken glass but they were not seriously hurt; one man aged in his 20s later fell unconscious and has been taken to hospital. His condition is unclear at this stage.’

Two crews from Perry Barr fire station were on the scene.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: ‘We had a call to a RTC from the ambulance service.. A car was in collision with a glass shop front.

‘There were two passengers in the vehicle. Both managed to get out.

‘There were three people in the shop and they suffered shock and minor injuries. They were being assessed by the ambulance service.

‘The police were in attendance. We have requested a structural engineer.’

Daniel Hayden, 28, from Wylde Green, was shopping in the store when he heard a ‘loud bang.’

He said: ‘We were at the bakery at the back of the store and there was a massive bang coming from the front. ‘I thought ‘what the hell is that?’

‘I didn’t know what it was. We went to the front and there were a lot of people where the cafe area is.

‘Someone had reversed into to the cafe section.

‘It was a silver car. Some of the staff had come out. They were assisting the drive r, I think they were first aiders.

‘It was quite manic – it is a busy store and it is a Saturday.’