The mayor of St Edmundsbury has told how he has been left ‘shaken by what could have been’ after crashing his car into a Tesco store.
Cllr Terry Buckle, who was made mayor on Thursday. accidentally drove his car into the Tesco Express store in Lawson Place at around 4.30pm on Tuesday.
The 73-year-old said: “I’ve driven London buses, taught school bus drivers – I’ve driven St John’s Ambulances and seen a thing or too, but this has really shaken me.
“I’ve never had an accident in my life and I’ve been driving since I was 17.
“The most important thing is nobody was hurt. If somebody had been I don’t know what I would have done.
“In my mind, I’m never going to be driving again.
“It is what could have happened that has shaken me.
“The front doors - fortunately nobody was coming out of the shop. It could have been a lot worse.”
Cllr Buckle who respresents Moreton Hall on St Edmundsbury Borough Council had been going to the store to get a mobile phone top up when the accident happened.
Blue badge holder Clr Buckle, who drives an automatic car, said: “Fortunately it was a very slow accident. I pulled into the handicapped car space. I put it into park and the car shot forward.
“All I sustained was a sore neck and I banged my arm against the door.
“My foot never left the brake pedal.
“The store manager came and held my neck in case I had whiplash and the ambulance driver treated me straight away. They thought I had a heart attack.
“The police have taken the car away to a mechanic.”
He said his car had been written off in its removal from the shop.
A Tesco spokeswoman said: “We wish the driver a speedy recovery and are relieved that none of our other customers or colleagues were hurt during this incident.
“The shop is open and trading as usual for our customers.
“We’ll be working as quickly as possible to get the front of the store repaired and back to normal.”
Council leader Cllr John Griffiths said: “The most important thing is that Terry and everyone else involved is ok.
“I wish him a speedy recovery.”
A police spokesman said: “We will be taking no further police action. The drive was just given some words of advice.”