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OAP has a lucky escape after crash landing near house in Bradninch
8:47am Friday 25th October 2013 in Devon
THE car flipped through the air and wedged itself against the side of a house. PHOTO Justine Alecho.
A PENSIONER escaped uninjured from a crash after her car flipped through the air and wedged itself against the side of a house in Bradninch.
The 80-year-old lost control of her Vauxhall Agila as she negotiated a bend on a darkened country road on Monday night.
Her vehicle sped up a verge, crashed through a hedge and plummeted 15ft into a narrow gully between a house and a low brick wall in Culver Close at around 9.45pm.
Home owner John Davies, 47, sitting just the other side of the wall, heard a huge thud and dashed outside to find the hatchback wedged on its side against his property with the elderly motorist trapped inside.
Mr Davies, a social worker, raised the alarm, and firefighters and paramedics arrived to rescue the shaken OAP, who was taken to hospital.
A crane removed the crumpled car the next day and the house escaped any serious damage.
Mr Davies’ partner, Justine Alecho, said: “I was at work when I got a call from John to say there had been an accident.
“I was scared stiff, but he was all right.
“The car was upside down and seems to have just shot through the hedge into the house.
“John was at his computer doing some work when the car landed out of nowhere and finished up just outside his studio window with the poor woman trapped inside.
“Another few feet and it could been have very different.
It shows you never know what’s around the corner.
“John called the police and ambulance, and they were here very quickly.
“He was shocked, but he’s OK now.”
Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the elderly driver, a local woman who has not been named, was uninjured in the accident.
A spokesman said: “The woman, in her 80s, was miraculously unharmed, but went to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital for a checkup, mainly because of her age.”
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