Car ploughs into Blackpool house

The house in Scott Close, Marton
The house in Scott Close, Marton
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STUNNED residents today told how their neighbour was lucky to be alive after a car ploughed into her home.

The owner of the bungalow on Scott Close, Marton, had been sitting on a sofa in her now wrecked lounge just moments before the Volkswagen Golf careered through her garden wall.

It then smashed into her home and was left embedded in her lounge.

Shocked neighbours spoke of “a huge explosion” as the car took down the wall just feet from where the householder had been sitting.

Police, firefighters and an ambulance immediately attended the scene, but amazingly no-one was injured.

Two young men – aged 17 and 19 – were arrested.

Matthew Beadie, 19, of Halton Gardens, Marton, has been charged with driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, using a motor vehicle without third-party insurance, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

A 17-year-old, also from Blackpool, has been charged with the same offences.

Both have been bailed to appear before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on July 12.

Neighbour Scott Christy was woken by yesterday’s crash which happened at 6am.

He said: “It sounded like a huge explosion. It was an unbelievable noise. I thought something had crashed into our house.

“I looked out of the window and saw what had happened- it was carnage. The car had gone right through the wall into the living room.

“There were no skid marks. I think the vehicle must have clipped the kerb and actually flown into the house.

“I ran out expecting to see dead bodies. It was such a mess, but unbelievably no-one was hurt. The two lads in the car had got out.

“By that point another neighbour had rushed over, he actually got into the car to take the keys out of the ignition – that was brave because the car was steaming and could have blown up.”

Mr Christy, 21, said he banged on the window of the house to make sure the owner, in her 70s and known locally as Jean, was not injured.

He said: “Adrenalin took over. I just wanted to make sure she was all right so I was banging frantically on the window.

“She came to the door, she was so shaken it was awful, I got her out of the house and another neighbour took her in to try and calm her down.

“Not long after that her son came and took her to his house in Wigan, she is so lucky to be alive – she told me she had been sitting on the sofa just moments before it happened.

“She got off the settee to make a cup of tea so was in the kitchen when it happened, it could have been so different, it has really shaken everyone on the street.”

The fire service removed the vehicle using hydraulic equipment and a recovery vehicle before making sure the building was stable.

Mr Christy’s father, Alan said residents had been campaigning for traffic calming measures on the road for 15 years.

He said: “It’s a tight bend on Macauley Avenue and Scott Close is off that bend so if a car is driving too fast and doesn’t make the turn they come careering down here.

“We’ve lived in this house for 20 years and 15 of those years we have spent campaigning for speed bumps.

“The council has ignored our pleas though and to be honest I had given up hope, but this incident could have led to the deaths of three people.

“Surely they council has to stand up and listen to us now – yes Jean’s house can be rebuilt but what if it happens again.

“The council has only just replaced a street lamp right next to her house which was hit by a car speeding around the corner.”

Local resident Linda Johnson echoed Mr Christy’s fears.

She said: “Macauley Avenue is quite a busy road now – drivers use it as a cut through and they do take the bend too fast.

“I don’t know exactly what happened here, but I’m sure it could have been prevented if there were speed bumps in place.

“Or if not speed bumps perhaps if they painted double yellow lines near the bend then cars couldn’t park there – it is a blind corner with cars parked up on either side.”

A building inspector is due to assess the total damage to the property today.

Coun Norman Hardy, who represents Hawes Side ward, said: “It’s a very busy thoroughfare on Macauley Avenue and it’s used as a cut through.

“We’ve had reports of speeding in the past and we put lines down, and it was found not to have as many speeders as had been implied.

“There weren’t enough to take any meaningful action.”