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PUBLISHED: 18:19 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 23 August 2010

THIS was the shocking scene caused by a four-wheel drive that swerved off the road and smashed through the front window of a high street computer shop. The black Land Rover Discovery ploughed straight through a set of railings and into the front of Disco

THIS was the shocking scene caused by a four-wheel drive that swerved off the road and smashed through the front window of a high street computer shop.

The black Land Rover Discovery ploughed straight through a set of railings and into the front of Discount Computers, on High Street, Northfleet, at around 8.15am last Thursday.

Owner Victoria Osbourne, who lives above the shop with her husband Darren, was in the back office.

She said: "I was making coffee and I heard the crash. The back doors came flying open and then I saw the Land Rover in the front of the shop.

"My first thought was that it was a ram raid so I closed the doors and called my husband and got on the phone to the police."

The shop front was completely demolished and the accident has left the owners without gas, electricity and a phone line.

Mrs Osbourne said: "I would think we are going to be closed for quite a while. We have had to cancel a lot of appointments so we are definitely going to lose a lot of business."

Witnesses say the car was being driven by a middle-aged man and had two young children in the back. All three were taken to Darent Valley Hospital but none were seriously injured.

Despite the extensive damage to the shop the car came out of the accident with only minor damage.

Rose-Anne Lambert, 22, unemployed, of nearby Holly Court, was first on the scene.

She said: "The bang woke me up. It sounded like glass smashing at first. I looked out the window and saw the car. I couldn't see anyone moving so I came out.

"I was very shocked by it. I have been a first-aider for a few years so I was more concerned about trying to get his kids out and checking if they were ok.

"The bloke in the car said at first that he had swerved to avoid a cat but he had his two kids with him in the car they were very young. They were really quite and they weren't crying so I think they were in shock.

"The police arrived and then the ambulance and I think the driver may have been blacked out, he was very disoriented."

Police closed the road while the car was removed and traffic was running freely at about 11.15am.

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