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Near miss for family as car ploughs into house

Mon, 12 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700

A FAMILY of four had a lucky escape after a car ploughed into their home in Coventry, demolishing the front door and ending up in the hallway.

The car's male driver also walked away uninjured from his blue Audi S-line saloon after the accident happened at about 6.45pm on Saturday, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said.

However, his female passenger had to be freed from the wreck by firefighters before being taken to hospital with neck, pelvic and leg injuries.

The family of two adults and two children were "extremely fortunate" not to have been injured, according to medics, after the car also partially demolished the staircase.

The black and white-render detached home was left with a gaping 10ft (3m) hole where the front door used to be.

Specially trained firefighters from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service's technical rescue unit towed the car out of the house and then worked to shore up the front of the building in Earlsdon Avenue South, using wooden joists.

A WMAS spokesman said: "Crews arrived to find a car embedded three quarters of the way into the hallway area of a house.

"The woman passenger in the car, believed to be 41 years old, suffered neck, pelvic and leg injuries and was treated whilst still in the vehicle.

"She was extricated from the car with the assistance of the fire service and transferred to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment.

"The man driving the car, believed to be in his late 40s, was uninjured in the crash."

The spokesman added: "Considering the damage to the house the two adults, two children and dog inside at the time of the crash were extremely fortunate not to have been injured."

The circumstances of how the car came to end up crashing into the house are not known.

By Press Association reporter