Waitrose in Lewes forced to close after car crashes into building

The tweeted photograph
The tweeted photograph

Waitrose in Lewes was forced to close this morning (Monday, November 12) after a car smashed into the building.

The white Volkswagen appeared to have reversed into the supermarket from one of the parking bays.

Lewes Present tweeted an image of the significant damage caused.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called shortly after 11am on Monday to a car which had collided with the shop.

“An ambulance attended and the driver was treated for minor injuries.”

Customers were evacuated as a precaution and the store was closed for some two hours.

A spokesperson for Waitrose and Partners said a man had accidentally reversed into the branch. He and his wife, a passenger in the car, were taken to hospital as a precaution.

The spokesperson said: “We’d like to offer our thanks to South East Coast Ambulance paramedics, who were very swift in their response. Although we did close for a brief period, we’re pleased to report that the store has now reopened.”