Picture: Bury road closed after car hits building

The car embedded in the front of Springfield Garage, Tayfen Road, Bury. Picture: Richard Cobbold  ANL-141114-142330001
The car embedded in the front of Springfield Garage, Tayfen Road, Bury. Picture: Richard Cobbold ANL-141114-142330001
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Tayfen Road in Bury St Edmunds was closed this morning while a building hit buy a car was made safe.

Police are investigating the accident in which a BMW 116i collided with a wall at Springfield Garage at about 11pm last night.

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said their building control officers inspected the building this morning and used emergency powers to call in contractors to make it safe.

As a result the footpath was closed and the road was closed to south bound traffic, which was diverted into St Andrew’s Street North.

Workers at the site said some drivers endangered themselves and the workmen by dodging round the road-closed barriers as they worked to remove the car.

The garage’s owner Mark Williams, a coach at Bury Rugby Club, said: “I’d reported a drunk driver last night and after I got home had a call to say someone had driven into the garage.

“The police didn’t want to risk removing the car in case the building came down, so I had to sleep in my car in the garage.”

It is the second time a car has hit the building. Someone drove a Ford Cortina into it 25 years ago.

Mr Williams said though they had lost a day’s work, it would be ‘business as usual’ next week.

The road was reopened at about 1.30pm.