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Lucky escape as ute smashes into building

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07 Feb 2013
A section of Sydney Road in Coburg North was blocked to all traffic for almost three hours following a car accident that left one of the vehicles embedded in a factory wall.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident that occurred just before 1 pm on February 7 near the intersection of Carr Street.

Following the initial collision, a Ford utility was sent careering into the brick wall of a business fronting Sydney Road.

The utility knocked out a support lintel causing part of the wall to collapse on to it.

The vehicle could not be moved as more of the triple thickness brick wall was in danger of falling.

MFB specialist crews and a council engineer attended in an effort to shore up the wall and make the area as safe as possible.  
 

By 3 pm trams were allowed to pass by the scene with a reduced speed limit so that road vibrations did not compromise more of the damaged wall.

An hour later, the northbound lanes of Sydney Road were opened to traffic with vehicles travelling in both directions sharing the one side of the street.

The scene was handed over to VicRoads staff and an insurance contractor who is responsible for the removal of the vehicle.

Three pumpers and two rescue units attended the scene, with approximately 17 firefighters on scene.

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