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Pensioner 'blacks out at wheel' as car mounts pavement

The crash scene outside the Friary Centre Credit: @HIRE5_Menswear

A pensioner, who blacked out at the wheel, crashed into six shoppers and two children when his vehicle mounted a pavement in Guildford.

A 13-month-old baby girl and a two-year-old boy were both catapulted out of pushchairs when the silver Volkswagen Polo left the road.

The youngsters suffered serious injuries after they were thrown through the air and landed on the pavement several yards away.

Eyewitnesses said that the elderly driver of the car appeared to have suffered a medical episode and became unconscious at the wheel, moments before the car veered off the road and mounted the pavement.

Children 'catapulted out of pushchairs' after car mounted pavement

It's believed that a pensioner was involved in the Guildford crash.

Reports from the scene say six adults and two children were struck by the vehicle. An eyewitness said two children were 'catapulted out of their pushchairs'.

The youngest child was flown to St. George's Hospital in London by air ambulance with severe facial injuries.

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Police: 'The car was in collision with a number of pedestrians'

The scene outside the Friary Centre in Guildford this morning Credit: @HIRE5

Surrey Police received a report of a collision in Guildford at 10.38am today. The collision took place in North Street outside the main entrance to The Friary Centre.

A silver VW Polo left the road and was involved in a collision with a number of pedestrians. Emergency services quickly attended and remain at the scene.

Road closures are in place in the immediate vicinity and motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area until further notice.

– Surrey Police

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Six car crash closes section of A3 in Surrey

Motorists are being advised to avoid A3 at Burpham near Guildford following a serious collision involving six vehicles.

It's believed a grey Volkswagen Polo crossed the central reservation into the south-bound carriageway where it collided with the other vehicles.
The driver, a woman in her 20s, has been flown by air ambulance to St George's Hospital in London with serious injuries.

The A3 is currently closed southbound from the M25 until just after the Burpham junction and the A3 has two lanes out of three open on the northbound carriageway at the scene.

Motorists are advised to find alternative routes while officers carry out their investigations as the closures are likely to remain in place for several hours. Police are also appealing for witnesses.

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