A HUCKNALL retailer says a hair-raising road accident could have led to his shop being blown up.
Glen Smedley, who has a carpet shop on Watnall Road, said that a collision between two cars sent one spinning around and it finished just six inches from a main gas supply at the side of the premises.
The crash happened at the junction with Storth Avenue, Sandy Lane and Central Avenue at about 10.30 pm last Saturday.
Mr Smedley said railings outside his shop were smashed in. He added: “I came to the scene soon after the accident.
“It was like a film set, absolutely unreal. If anybody had been standing on that part of the pavement when the accident happened, I am sure they would have been killed.”
But Mr Smedley denied claims that one of the cars overturned.
A police spokesman confirmed that the collision involved a Vauxhall Corsa and a Mazda car. He said two people were taken to hospital but they only suffered minor injuries.
“An investigation into the accident is ongoing,” the spokesman added.
One witness who did not want to be named said the road junction was ‘swarming’ with police and paramedics.
Vic Dawes, treasurer of the Central Social Club — which is next to the junction — said there were three ambulances at the scene and police officers who attended included two who were off duty at the time.
The moment of impact was captured by a CCTV camera at the club. One of the cars was travelling on Watnall Road and the other came out of Sandy Lane.