Rutherford Marketplace evacuated after car crashes through wall

Stuck: The car that smashed through the wall at Rutherford Marketplace on Saturday, triggering an evacuation of the centre. Picture: Amy Campbell
Stuck: The car that smashed through the wall at Rutherford Marketplace on Saturday, triggering an evacuation of the centre. Picture: Amy Campbell

A Rutherford shopping centre was evacuated on Saturday after a car driven by an elderly man crashed through a wall in the underground carpark. 

Emergency services were called to the scene at 4.50pm after the vehicle smashed through a brick wall and damaged an electrical switch board behind it in the underground parking section at Rutherford Marketplace. 

The driver was trapped inside the vehicle as emergency services assessed the stability of the wall around it as well as damage to the electrical cabinet. 

According to Fire and Rescue NSW, he was freed once NSW Ambulance services found the scene to be stable enough.

NSW Ambulance confirmed that a man in his 80s was freed from the vehicle and transported to Maitland Hospital with minor injuries.

The car was left while the wall around it was examined by engineers, before being towed away. 

Further examinations are likely to take place to assess the damage done, however it’s not believed there was major structural damage done to the building. 

NSW Ambulance confirmed a man in his 80s was transported to Maitland Hospital with minor injuries