UPDATE: Witnesses say it's a miracle no one was injured
LUNCHTIME trade was thrown into chaos at Northway Plaza after a car crashed through the glass walls of a popular cafe yesterday.
Staff and customers were lucky to escape the incident uninjured after the elderly driver of a silver Nissan Navara had a medical turn, causing his car to plough through the Cafe House shop front.
Witnesses said it was a miracle no one was injured after the dual-cab ute narrowly missed the cafe's dining area and counter.
A few metres to the right and the car would have crashed through the building next door, where customers were being served at Hughes Butchery.
Police, paramedics and firefighters were quick to arrive at the Queen St shopping complex about 11.30am, with the 79-year-old driver treated at the scene.
He was treated for the unknown medical condition in the back of the ambulance before he was taken to Bundaberg Hospital. He was not injured as a result of the crash.
QAS officer-in-charge Cameron Anderson said the driver was in an altered state of conciousness when paramedics arrived.
"They found a male patient who appeared to be suffering from kind of medical episode," he said.
"They treated him at the scene before transporting him to hospital in a stable condition."
QFES station officer Jonathon Blackley said on arrival firefighters checked for electrical and structural damage.
"There is damage to the front of the shop however there's no structural damage to the building itself," he said.
Hughes Butchery staff said they heard screeching tyres moments before the crash.
One staff member said it appeared the driver had lost conciousness with his foot on the accelerator before the car mounted the concrete wheel stop in front of the parking bay, knocked over a bin and sign post and hit the cafe.
"It's the third time this sort of thing has happened at this centre. It's a miracle no one was injured," he said.