Lucky escape as car careers into house
A SUFFOLK mother had a lucky escape when a car ploughed into the front of her home without braking, at speeds of up to 50mph according to a witness.Helen Herrington was watching Wimbledon on television in the sitting room of her Bury St Edmunds home, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, when a woman driver smashed into the front of it.
A SUFFOLK mother had a lucky escape when a car ploughed into the front of her home without braking, at speeds of up to 50mph according to a witness.
Helen Herrington was watching Wimbledon on television in the sitting room of her Bury St Edmunds home, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, when a woman driver smashed into the front of it.
Neighbours watched in horror as fire and ambulance crews cut through the mangled wreckage to rescue the driver, a woman believed to be in her 50s, at 7pm yesterday .
Mystery today surrounds what caused the woman, who was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, to lose control.
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Now Mrs Herrington faces months of disruption as builders rebuild the front of her four-bedroom home in Winsford Road which suffered structural damage to the walls.
She said: "I thought the roof had fallen down. The noise and the shock of it was tremendous."
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She described the woman driver as 'calm,' as airbags from her T-registration Saab automatic softened the impact of the crash, and fire crews saved her.
One neighbour, who witnessed the car careering across 50ft of front lawn, said: "I had just come in from gardening as it was raining.
"I looked out of the window to see a car coming down the road at 40-50mph. "This is an area where no-one drives in anything more than second gear. I thought at first it was joyriders. I couldn't believe it when the car did not brake and just kept on going straight into the house.
"It was a miracle there were no children playing because it was raining – there usually are kids in this area."
Gardener, Edward Plummer said: " I couldn't believe it when I came to work today.
"The garden is in a terrible state. I've got my work cut out."