Real estate receptionist Julie Rope made a lucky escape after an out-of-control car plowed into her office.
Real estate receptionist Julie Rope made a lucky escape after an out-of-control car plowed into her office. Crystal Spencer

Real escape

WHEN receptionist Julie Rope heard a crash, followed by the screeching of tyres, she jumped from her desk and ran.

It was lucky she had the foresight to do so, because had she stayed sitting there she would've soon been in trouble.

Seconds later, a blue Ford Falcon came crashing through the front window of North Estate Agents in Tweed Heads, where Ms Rope was working.

It is understood the car's elderly driver struck another vehicle at the roundabout on Wharf Street and Frances Street and then hurtled through bollards and trees before crashing through the glass.

The three elderly occupants of the car, two men and a woman, were taken to hospital following the crash.

Two went to The Tweed Hospital with minor injuries, while the other was treated by Queensland Ambulance Service and taken to John Flynn Hospital.

“I heard the bang and I saw a fellow with a dry cleaning bag start to run,” Ms Rope said.

“The first bit of glass started breaking and that's when I ran to the back of the office.

“I sensed it was getting closer and thought I'd better move.

“It's lucky because we lost everything behind the desk, all the computers and things.”

Ms Rope was in the office with two other employees when the car crashed through the window about 4.50pm.

The business became filled with smoke because the car was still revving, causing the tyres to spin, when it came to rest.

“People were around the front door saying it could explode,” she said.

Ms Rope suffered cuts to her leg from the glass, but said she was alright otherwise.

“It was bit frightening, but it's more frightening afterwards when it sinks in and you realise what could've happened.”

Another employee, Shalese Browne, said the incident happened rather slowly.

“You didn't really know what was going on,” she said.

Ms Browne went on to joke that the car had ruined the business' window display.

Joel Copland of Kirra was in the Subaru Leone that collided with the Falcon.

“They hit us at the roundabout and we spun around and did a 180 (degrees),” the 23-year-old said.

“We were turning right when they hit us.

“They hit the back rear guard on the side, but they hit us full-on from the front (of their car).

“It's just lucky no one walking on the footpath.”

Mr Copland's pregnant partner Cindy Gibb, 26, was driving the Subaru sedan and went to the hospital for a check-up following the crash.

Another woman and a young girl were also passengers in the car, but they told the Tweed Daily News they were not injured.

John Thompson was working at the TAB next-door to North when the car crashed.

He said there was a loud bang and the building shook.

“I didn't know what it was, I thought someone was trying to rob me,” Mr Thompson said.



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