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Mayor Rams Car Into Store 5 Days After His Election

Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:07 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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The newly elected mayor of a U.K. town who used to work as a bus-driving instructor accidentally rammed his car into a store Tuesday.

Terry Buckle, 73, unintentionally hit the gas pedal while trying to park in front of a Tesco Express grocery store in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Tuesday. He had been selected mayor of the town just five days prior to the accident.

Buckle's Vauxhall Vectra lurched through the store's open automatic doors, but did not hit any shoppers or employees. Buckle suffered whiplash and shoulder injuries.

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"I know people might think it is a bit of a joke that I have become mayor and the first thing I have done is wreck my car, but I cannot see the funny side of it," Buckle told The Telegraph. "The thought that the car could have hit someone left me really shaken up. I am just so thankful that nobody was in the doorway when the car went through."

Buckle, who drives with a disabled parking tag because of a blood vessel problem in his leg that restricts his mobility, thought he had stepped on the brake pedal.

"I put the brakes on and all of a sudden the car shot forward for no apparent reason," he said. "I don't think my foot was on the accelerator. It might have been a fault with the car."

Prior to being elected mayor, Buckle worked as a London bus driver and then as a driving instructor.

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A Tesco spokesman released a statement about the accident.

"We wish the driver a speedy recovery and are relieved that none of our other customers or colleagues were hurt during this incident," the statement read.

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