Gallery: Family escapes after car smashes into home

A Suffolk family were left shaken and frightened after a car crashed through their living room window.

BRAMFORD: A Suffolk family were left shaken and frightened after a car crashed through their living room window.

The driver of a green Vauxhall Astra crashed into the property after colliding with two parked cars on The Street in Bramford at 9am yesterday .

The 81-year-old driver is thought to have lost control of his automatic vehicle causing him to veer off the road on a trail of destruction.

A Ford Escort and a white Renault Clio were damaged during the whirlwind of drama, which caused a stir throughout the whole village.

Linda Harvey, the owner of the property on Walnut Tree Close, was in the garden at the time of the incident where she heard the drama unfold.

She said: “It's just lucky that no one was in that room when it happened - it sounded like a bomb had gone off in my house.

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“I was in the garden and just heard the impact of the crash and went inside to find a massive puff of smoke and all I could think was that there had been a gas explosion or something - then I saw the car half way through my living room.

“I'm just in shock really.”

The elderly driver was taken to Ipswich Hospital suffering from minor head injuries.

A spokeswoman from the East of England Ambulance Trust said that the man had been alert and conscious when paramedics arrived on scene.

Police are still investigating the accident and do not know if any charges will follow it.

Mrs Harvey, who lives with her husband, mother and grandson, could not believe the devastation caused by the collision.

She later added: “You just don't expect these things to happen to you - especially at this time of year.”

Her mother, Joan, who was upstairs at the time of the crash, said: “The sound was deafening.”

Margaret Parnell, who lives next door to the destroyed property, saw the car coming towards her while she was having her morning cup of tea.

She said: “It was all very frightening, I was just sat there having a cup of tea and looking out of the window I just saw this car coming towards me.

“It really shook me up because it could have been me and I really thought that it was headed for my house - you just don't expect this to happen.”