Published on Jul 5, 2012
The vehicle demolished the front of the building and only came to a stop when it ploughed into a metal safe.
The driver collapsed at the wheel of his two-tonne Volkswagen Sharan people carrier shortly before the crash.
Incredible footage of the smash, which was captured on CCTV, showed a woman walking in front of the business just seconds before the people carrier demolished it.
Incredibly, no one was hurt in the accident which happened just before 1pm on Tuesday.
The film shows the car mounting the pavement before thundering into the reception area of John Stokes Ltd in Tipton, West Mids.
The vehicle is seen destroying bricks and windows before coming to an abrupt halt by when it collided with a metal safe.
The film shows a woman walking along the pavement just 26 SECONDS before the crash.
A crowd of panicked onlookers rush towards the car after the crash in a bid to help the driver - who incredibly walked away with only minor injuries.
Just minutes before the crash, business owner Dene Stokes, 59, was standing in the reception area with a client.
Mr Stoke's son Tom, managing director of the chrome plating firm, said the reception area had only undergone a £25,000 refurbishment last month.
He said: "I was on the phone to my father at the time and I kept him talking longer than usual.
"It was lucky that I did because he would have been back in reception if I hadn't have called.
"Just minutes earlier he had been standing there with a client - I doesn't bare thinking about what could've happened if he was sitting on that sofa.
"Everyone is assuming he has just passed out at the wheel - it looks like he has gone in at 40 or 50mph in a completely straight line with no attempt to break or swerve.
"We have a five-ton metal safe in the building, and it looks like that's what stopped him."
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: "After initial enquiries it is believed the man may be have been taken ill prior to the collision."
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