GEORGE TOWN: A woman was seriously hurt and three others injured when a car crashed through four stalls at the famous roadside hawker centre along New Lane here this evening.
Videos of the aftermath that have gone viral show a woman lying on the road with blood oozing from her head. Many other people are seen limping.
A light-blue Hyundai i10 car meanwhile is seen at a halt between a chicken wings stall and a fried rice stall. People can be heard screaming in shock.
The food joint is very popular among both locals and tourists. At the time of the accident at about 6.30pm, it was swarming with the regular dinner crowd.
Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said a woman driver of the Hyundai had crashed into four food stalls and a table where four people were eating.
“We believe the woman crashed into the stalls in reverse. The woman fled the scene, and we are searching for her,” he told reporters.
Anuar said a 59-year-old woman from Batu Pahat, Johor, was seriously hurt and is currently receiving treatment at the red zone of the Penang Hospital.
He said three others are receiving outpatient treatment at the same hospital.
It was learnt that those injured were immediately brought to the nearby Macalister Road Health Clinic for first aid before being transported to the Penang Hospital.
The hawkers of New Lane, who are famous among tourists and locals alike, have in the past been criticised for blocking traffic by taking up space on the road.
However, the Penang Island City Council ruled a few years ago that the road would be closed to traffic for a specific period of time in the evenings to allow the traders to operate.