A driver escaped serious injury when his car crashed into the front of a Dunstable town centre pub, narrowly missing passers-by.
The accident happened at around 12.45pm on Monday and eyewitnesses told the Gazette that the vehicle suddenly left the road, missing two pedestrians by inches, before hitting the Star and Garter.
Police were called at 1.05pm and arrived at High Street South to find fuel pouring from the car and the driver with a bloodied nose .
Witness Alex Butler, 53, said: “I heard a crash and turned round to see the car in the front door of the pub.
“People quickly rallied round to look after the driver, who appeared groggy but not badly hurt. The police and fire services arrived soon after.
“It is lucky that the Star and Garter shut down a few weeks ago because if people had been walking out of the pub doors someone could have been seriously hurt.”
A Beds Police spokesman said: “We do not know what caused the accident, but the driver’s breathalyser test came back negative. A structural engineer was needed but the damage to the pub is not believed to be major.”