Scary moment, an SUV crashes through a bird shop in Adelaide

A bird shop owner miraculously escaped as a car crashed into the front of his shop and buried him in the rubble

  • A car crashed into a bird shop in Adelaide, but all staff and animals were unharmed
  • Lyndon Goldsmith’s owner said he thought the accident was an explosion
  • The elderly driver said ‘She did nothing wrong with the throttle and the brake’.
  • She thinks it “felt like a mechanical failure caused the car to take off”

A shop owner and his co-owner miraculously avoided being crushed by a car after it crashed into their shop.

Three people were inside the car when I drove to the Golden Gem Birds in Pooraka, Adelaide around 1.30pm on Thursday.

The harrowing footage shows the car smashing into bird cages and eventually crashing into the shop counter – but remarkably both the staff and all the animals inside survived.

A shop owner and colleague (pictured) miraculously avoided being hit by a car after it crashed into their store in Adelaide

The store’s owner, Lyndon Goldsmith, said he believed the accident was an explosion.

“I didn’t see the car,” he told 7 News, “I was on the phone, and the next minute the glass is approaching me.”

As a result of the impact, Mr. Goldsmith becomes trapped under the table, while his colleague Danny Sharpless suspects that she may have suffered a broken rib.

Ms Sharples claimed she was worried about their resident blind Lily Macaw, who was in the firing line of the car as it crashed through the store, adding that it was within half a meter of the crash.

“Our birds are our lives, so I don’t want anything to happen to the birds there,” she said.

“The whole storefront came towards me,” she said.

Security footage inside Golden Gem Birds in Pooraka, Adelaide captured the moment a car drove straight through the store (pictured) on Thursday

Security footage inside Golden Gem Birds in Pooraka, Adelaide captured the moment a car drove straight through the store (pictured) on Thursday

“I’m sore, bruised, and maybe a broken rib too, but I’ll be fine — I’m more concerned about the birds,” she told 10 News First, adding that birds can die from stress.

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, but passenger John said the car suddenly “taken off like a missile” when they tried to stop.

The driver of the car, an elderly woman, claimed “she did not mistake the accelerator and the brakes”.

She believes it “felt as if a mechanical failure caused the car to take off”.

The shop is set to remain closed until repairs are completed – expected to cost thousands.

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