A 90-year-old driver crashed through a barrier with his car and nose-dived to the ground from a second-level car park at the Marion Shopping Centre in Adelaide around 9am this morning but according to police, miraculously, passers-by were not seriously injured.
Witnesses said that the Ford Festiva missed them by just metres as the out-of-control vehicle careered across a set of outside stairs and ploughed off the edge of the building.
20-year-old Greek Australian Zach Georgiou was running up the stairs at the time the incident took place and watched the vehicle dive down before landing upside down on the ground floor car park.
He considers himself “pretty lucky” to be alive.
“I was running pretty quickly because I was about two minutes late for work. As soon as I took one step on to the stairs, I looked up and saw it go straight past. It nose-dived, went straight head-first into the ground and then flipped straight over. When it flipped over, the wheels were continuing going. The vehicle was steaming up and a whole bunch of people rushed over to help flip the car,” he said.
“At the time of the accident, I felt complete shock and disbelief of what had just happened. I didn’t really react in the moment, kind of just froze up. I felt quite nauseous after I left the area, but after I sat down for a bit, I felt a little better. I didn’t really get a look at the man driving the car, only his grey hair. I did notice blood on his windscreen, but that was all throughout the crowd of people surrounding the car,” Mr Georgiou told Neos Kosmos, adding that he was surprised no one was seriously hurt.
“I am amazed that there were no serious injuries. I thought, ‘there’s no way he’s walking out of there’.”
The 90-year-old driver, from Mitchell Park, was taken to the Flinders Medical Centre where he remains in a stable condition.
The shopping centre car park and bus interchange have since reopened.
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