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Driver mistakes Paris metro for parking entrance

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10:34 CEST+02:00

A driver looking for a parking lot drove down a staircase into a Paris metro stop. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. 

"There was a sign indicating 'Parking Haussman Grands Magasins' here, and there wasn’t anything blocking the way, so it was confusing. Luckily nobody was climbing the stairs," 26-year-old driver Johan, told daily Ouest-France. 

Watch the film of the car blocked inside the metro entrance here

Johan was driving slowly into the Chaussée d’Antin-Lafayette metro entrance and was able to brake rapidly. The tyres of his car were also blocked in the stairs and Johan left his vehicle easily. 

A witness says he was astonished to see a car enter the metro stop, daily France Soir reports. "We saw a vehicle drive up to the metro stop. We just looked at the driver thinking 'he’s not going to do it, is he?'" says Julien "Then, well, he started driving down the staircase."

Julien says he found the incident "quite funny" but was relieved the car was driving slowly.

An employee of a restaurant nearby told the AFP newswire that a similar incident had happened four or five years ago.

An alcohol test performed on the driver showed that he had not been drinking.


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