BUSINESSES in Ballincollig are dealing with the aftermath of extensive structural damage done to their premises as a result of a car accident on Friday.
Shortly before 4pm a vehicle collided with a supporting pillar between two retail units located near Quish's SuperValu.
It is understood that the driver of the vehicle accidentally accelerated into a supporting pillar between the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant and Paddy Power and that two other vehicles were involved in a pile-up after the sudden collision.
In a statement issued by the Gardaí they confirmed that there were no serious injuries as a result of the incident, but stated that "one female driver was taken to hospital as a precaution" and that "enquires are ongoing".
Several businesses remained closed today following the incident.
Maria Dennehy of Mint Hair and Beauty said she was hopeful that the salon might be able to reopen on Wednesday.
Speaking about the incident, Ms Dennehy expressed her relief that no injuries occurred as a result of the accident.
"The bang was so loud when it happened that we thought the whole place was about to fall down.
"Thankfully no one was badly hurt."
Ballincollig Hardware Store and Llyod's Pharmacy were the only two premises of the retail units to open today.
"It was a miracle that no one was hurt.
"It's a very busy walkway, so it's fortunate that no pedestrians got injured when it happened," a staff member from the hardware store told.
The Great Wall Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway and Paddy Power were the two most affected businesses as a result of the incident.
Manager of the Chinese restaurant, Frank NG said the business is doing its utmost to facilitate customers despite the unfortunate incident.
"We were operating a delivery-only service on Saturday but collection is now also available to customers from our neighbouring business, Kinkao", he said.
Speaking about the damage done to the premises, Mr NG said it is yet unclear when the business will be operating as usual and repair work has yet to begin.
"The front part of the roof collapsed and the supporting pillar is completely demolished, but inside there is no major damage," he said.
Three units from the Fire Brigade at Ballincollig and Anglesea Street, as well as the Gardaí and the National Ambulance Service were at the scene on Friday afternoon.