Car smashes into Belconnen shop front
A car smashed into the "Action Sports Wear" shop front wall early Saturday. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
A car smashed though a double-brick wall into her offices causing more than $30,000 worth of damage but Lyn McKenzie considers herself lucky.
‘‘If we’d been there we would have been killed or injured,’’ she said.
The white Toyota smashed into Action Sportsware on Nettlefold Street at about 7am.
Ms McKenzie was at home reading the paper when her landlord rang.
‘‘There is a lot of rubble so I can’t get to the equipment. Everything- partitions, filing cabinets -all got pushed back. It was like a freight train,’’ she said.
Ms Mckenzie said the $30,000 damage was a very early estimate of the damage.
She cannot help but feel grateful even though the store is closed and the clean-up could take weeks.
‘‘I’m lucky because a lot of my printing equipment and embroidery machines are okay. One of my machines is damaged and they are $30,000 each. All my printing equipment missed being hit by centimetres. I lost one whole desk but I consider that lucky.
I could have lost a lot more... we work in that area. That is our industrial working area that was damaged.’’
Builders re-enforced the walls on Saturday but Ms Mckenzie was not sure when she would be able to re-open.
‘‘We haven’t had a structural engineer in yet and the walls will have to be rebuilt.’’