Terrified schoolchildren had a lucky escape when a high-powered sports car crashed outside the gates of a Birmingham primary school.
Pupils were being dropped off at St Peter’s CofE Primary School in Harborne on Monday when they saw an Audi TT plough into a large concrete signpost and railings near the gates.
The driver then drove away from the scene of the crash, which happened just minutes before the start of morning lessons.
No-one was injured, but witnesses said children and parents had been left badly “shaken up” by the near miss.
Mum Diane Hall, who was dropping her two sons off at the school, said: “It was only by the grace of God that nobody was killed.
“I’d gone into the rear playground, and when I came to the front of the school a minute later, I could see a post had been knocked down and a metal safety barrier was all twisted.
“People who had seen the crash said the car had come around the bend and smashed into the lamppost and barrier and then drove off.’’
The 40-year-old added: “There was debris everywhere and lots of people were gathered round, it was upsetting.
“School starts at 8.45am, and this happened at 8.35am, so there were lots of children and parents outside the school.”
The crash comes after parents had campaigned for traffic-calming measures in and around the school, which is split on two different sites.
Site manager Keith Dickens said: “The post which was hit was left at a 45 degree angle over the pavement, and the railings were mangled.
“It’s a hair-pin bend and there is only pavement to walk on one side of the road. It is so lucky no-one was hurt.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We were called at around 8.40am to St Peter’s CofE School in Harborne, to reports that an Audi TT had crashed into a bollard outside the school and then driven off.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”
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