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Huddersfield Town fans' shock as car smashes into ticket office at MK Dons stadium on Tuesday night

Philip Barden tells how he and his pals missed runaway car by seconds

A Huddersfield Town fan told how he and his friends narrowly avoided being hit by a runaway car at the MK Dons Stadium just before kick off.

Philip Barden, a 38-year-old father-of-two, was attending the Tuesday night game with three male friends when a man apparently lost control of his automatic Ford Focus outside the ground.

Philip, who owns Northern Taps and Herberts bars in the town centre, said: “One of our party needed to pick up a ticket so we headed to the Away Ticket Sales end.

“The next minute I heard an almighty bang and I shouted: ‘He has gone through the bollards!’ The car had gone straight into the ticket office.

“I got into the car and I could tell the guy was in shock. I managed to put the car into Park mode. There was a lot of fluid around the car so I shouted to him to get out and stewards and people from the ticket office came out.

“If it had been just 20 seconds later it could have been a very different story.”

An MK Dons spokesman said: “The club can confirm that shortly before kick-off last night (Tuesday) a driver, while attempting to park, lost control of his vehicle, which resulted in a collision with the away ticket booth located in the north east corner of stadiummk.

Philip Barden of Herbert's bar, Cross Church Street, Huddersfield.

“Two members of matchday staff were present in the booth at the time of the incident. Both were shaken but were assessed on site and did not require medical treatment.

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“The driver of the vehicle was assessed in the stadium’s medical room and did not require medical treatment.

“The club has made contact with all parties involved and is pleased to hear their wellbeing remains the same.

“No other members of the public were at the booth at the time of the collision.

“The club will not make any further comment on the matter until its investigation into the incident is fully and properly completed.”

Town drew the match 1-1.


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