The car crash outside Sandhu News, in Navigation Street, Birmingham
Shoppers had a narrow escape after a two-car accident demolished the front window of a Birmingham city centre newsagent yesterday morning.
Sandhu News, in Navigation Street, had just opened for business when the collision between a Jeep and a Ford Fiesta sent the Fiesta into the window, smashing glass and brickwork.
Makham Sandhu, the owner of the shop, said it was fortunate no one in the shop had been hurt.
"I just heard a loud bang and the sound of glass shattering. When I looked, I couldn't believe what had happened," he said.
"Although we had only just opened we were quite busy and there were some customers.
"I dread to think what would the result would have been if someone had been standing in front of the window at the time."
The window has now been boarded up, but Mr Sandhu said he would not let the crash affect his business.
"We should be open as usual on Wednesday," he added.
Meanwhile, traffic was brought to a standstill on the M6 near Ikea's Midland store yesterday as bargain hunters rushed to make the most of the sales.
Police reported tailbacks of more than two miles at its peak at junction 9 leading to the retail giant's outlet in Wednesbury.
Traffic was also gridlocked in Birmingham city centre with the Bull-ring shopping centre blamed for attracting customers in their thousands eager to make the most of the start of the sale season.
By late afternoon, with cold weather and snow threatening to make travelling conditions worse, traffic police were reporting long delays on major roads.
Ivan Kelsey, of Bloxwich police station, said: "There was a tailback of a quarter of a mile on junction 10 off the M6 by 4pm.
"It has been like this since lunchtime.
"At its peak we were looking at tailbacks of about two miles."
Nicci Beddoes, aged 26, spent nearly one hour stuck in traffic travelling from Stafford to Birmingham city centre.
"The tailback was from junction 9 which is the Ikea turn off. It was diabolical," she said.
"A lot of the way it was stop-start but when you got to junction nine it was solid."
Major routes into and out of Birmingham were gridlocked at regular intervals during the day, according to West Midlands Police.
Most affected were roads in and around Hurst Street and Smallbrook Queensway.
"It seems to be shoppers from the Bullring," said a spokeswoman.
"It is and has been gridlock."