Six people were admitted to a hospital after a car bumped into a group of people outside a pub in South Wales.
One pedestrian underwent life-changing injuries after the crash occurred outside The Windsor Hotel in Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf, on Thursday evening.
South Wales Police mentioned a 79-year-old man was believed to have suffered a “medical episode” before his silver Ford Puma smashed into people and the pub.
Officers mentioned that the driver of the car was in critical condition in the hospital.
Four other people with minor injuries were also taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff as a precaution.
Police have launched an examination into the cause of the “very distressing incident” on Llantrisant Road, around 15 miles northwest of Cardiff.
The pub will remain shut for the rest of the day.
Kaitlin Moore, a hairdresser at the neighbouring Charizma salon, mentioned she saw the crash.
“I was outside the salon waiting for a lift home when I heard a lot of glass smashing and I could see that a car had gone into the benches outside The Windsor pub,” she mentioned.
“It was very chaotic; it happened so quick, I think everyone was in shock.
“I could see people lying on the floor. People upstairs in the pub were throwing blankets and pillows down to them.
“I normally stand near the Windsor waiting for a lift home from work; it just happened I was waiting by the hairdresser’s last night. I feel like I’ve had a lucky escape.”
Charles Morris was driving past the pub when he saw people lying on the floor enclosed in blankets
. He mentioned seeing people lying on the ground covered in blankets as he drove past the pub on Thursday night was “quite traumatic”.”I could see complete chaos around the pub,” the 60-year-old mentioned. “It was packed; every table was full.
“One table was smashed and I guess that’s the one the car went into, and there were people screaming,” he mentioned.
At least five ambulances, various police cars and four fire service vehicles appeared at the incident, which happened just before 20:30 BST. The road was closed in both directions overnight but has since reopened.
Ch Insp James Ratti of South Wales Police stated, “Emergency services were confronted with a scene that involved many casualties.
“We worked alongside our colleagues in both the ambulance and fire services to deal with the casualties as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“This was a very distressing incident and we are very grateful to the members of the public who came to the aid of the injured people in the moments immediately after the collision.”