Staff and customers at the Yarrawonga TerryWhite Chemmart had a narrow escape when a customer drove through a front window
At around four-thirty in the afternoon last Thursday, an elderly regular customer was leaving a disabled car park in front of the pharmacy, when she drove through the window into the pharmacy’s beauty room.
According to the Yarrawonga Chronicle, the accident could have been sparked by a mechanical fault. Witnesses said the car was still “revving heavily” following the crash.
Pharmacy co-owner Michelle Ingram told the AJP that she had left the pharmacy for the afternoon, to take her child to the orthodontist.
“When I was in the car park there, a friend said, ‘What’s happened at your place? I think you’d better go and take a look’,” she told the AJP.
“Between then and the time I got there, two more people asked me what was happening. It was peak hour news for a small town like Yarrawonga.”
Yarrawonga is a “twin town” on the NSW-Victoria border; between it and NSW twin Mulwala, there are about 8,000 locals.
Ms Ingram arrived back at the pharmacy to a chaotic scene, with ambulance, fire and police services attending.
“She’s a regular customer and she was very upset,” Ms Ingram says.
“She managed to get up the curb and between two verandah posts, through our window and just clipped the bricks on the side. So she didn’t damage our bricks, though she damaged her car.
“She ended up right in the beauty room.
“When the tow truck was pulling her out of the window, she knocked a fire hydrant over, so we had water everywhere as well.”
It was incredibly lucky that nobody was hurt, Ms Ingram says, including the driver.
“We were lucky she didn’t take out the verandah. There could’ve been a pedestrian there… if our beauty consultant had been in the room, if she’d had a customer or there had been anybody in there, they would’ve been gone. The beauty room chair was flattened.
“So I think our beauty lady went out and bought a Tatts lotto ticket that night!”
It’s not the first time one of Ms Ingram’s pharmacies has been in the news of late: as well as co-owning the Yarrawonga store, she’s also the co-owner of the Tocumwal Guardian Pharmacy, also on the NSW-Victoria border, which recently had a koala pop in to pay a visit.
The pharmacy owners now have a temporary beauty room up and running, but glass installed to replace the original window has already cracked.
“So they need to replace the glass again,” Ms Ingram says. “We’ll need to repaint, replaster… that takes time. And we need to go shopping for a new beauty chair.”