Women’s terror as crash debris smashes into house
10:22am Saturday 2nd March 2013 in Local
A WOMAN has told of the terrifying moment a car crashed through her garden wall and sent bricks and debris crashing through her living room window.
Claire Malone and her elderly mother were in bed at their home in St Helens Road, Daubhill, when the car hit and demolished her front wall.
The 36-year-old said: “The whole house shook. It felt like an earthquake but when I ran to the window I saw it was a car and called the police.
“It was terrifying. My mum’s aged 78, so she’s very shaken up by what has happened.
“The wall has travelled 20 feet from the impact of the car and through the window into the house.
“All of the furniture is wrecked and my car was written off too.
We just keep thinking what if one of us had been in the living room.”
Miss Malone’s sofa and chair were destroyed in the crash at 12.20am on Tuesday.
She is now calling for traffic calming measures on the busy stretch of road as it is the fourth time a car has crashed into the semi-detached home.
The sales rep, who lives with her mother, Vera Malone, said: “It happened once in the 1980s, again about 10 years ago and another time a year later.
“We’re just worried it might happen again because it’s a 40 mph road and traffic can’t get out that junction.”
A council spokesman said: “While we sympathise with the resident’s situation, the junctionhas not been identified as a priority for improvement and there is no scheme proposed.”
After the crash, police arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of driving whilst unfit for drink or drugs.
He was also arrested on suspicion of theft, possession of class B drugs and possession of a bladed article and has been bailed until July 17. A 36-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of theft and drugs offences. He has also been bailed until July 17.
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