Customers had a lucky escape when they leapt out of the way of a car which smashed through a supermarket window.
Diners were sat in Morrisons cafe, in Hadleigh, when a 73-year-old man accidentally drove through the glass while he was trying to park in a disabled space.
A couple sitting at the window table had to jump out of their chairs to avoid being hit by the car and others were showered with glass.
Miraculously, nobody was injured.
Cafe cook Sarah Grivins, 31, who lives in Hadlegh, said it was lucky nobody was seriously injured or even killed in the crash at about 3pm on Sunday.
She said: “I was by the customer services desk when I heard this massive bang. I said to my colleague that it sounded like someone had crashed through the window.
“By the time I got there, the car had come in and he had tried to reverse back out, so all the glass was falling down around it.
“There was a couple who were sitting by the window who had to jump up to get out of the way.
“There was glass everywhere. I don’t know how nobody was injured, we were all in shock.”
Two fire engines were called to the scene, as well as police cars and ambulances, in case the car caught light.
Mrs Grivins added: “The potential was there for it to be fatal.
“At exactly that time we clean down the side of the chairs, so if that car went through then then someone could have died.”
PC Sam Wayland, at Basildon Police, said: “A vehicle drove through the cafe window and into the tables in the cafe at Morrisons, in London Road, Hadleigh, at about 3.15pm on Sunday **6**.
“Two people who were eating by the window had to jump out of the way.
“Luckily nobody was injured.
“A 74-year-old man from Basildon was assisted by the ambulance service and his licence has been reported to the DVLA.”