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Elderly women uninjured after hitting a house

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

  • Student Laurie Barnes, who pulled the women from the wreckage in Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter

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Two elderly women had a miraculous escape when the car they were in careered down a steep hill, sped across a busy main road and smashed in to the front room of an Exeter terraced house.

The women were pulled clear of the wreckage in Cowley Bridge Road by fast-thinking student Laurie Barnes, who was in the house next door.

The accident happened at about 10pm on Monday night. Mr Barnes, 27, was sitting in the front room when he heard the massive impact of the car hitting the house next-door.

He said: "It sounded like someone had dropped a tray full of glasses, really loud.

"I rushed out and the car had come right across from Lower Argyll Road, crashed through the garden wall and was embedded in the bay window of the house next door.

"The two elderly ladies were still in the car and the air bags had deployed.

"I wasn't sure whether to get them out in case they had back injuries, but then I was worried that it could catch fire so I helped them out of the car. They seemed all right and their legs were not trapped or anything."

He added: "I couldn't really bring them inside for a cup of tea because it's not my house and I wasn't sure I could vouch for the quality of the milk.

"I called the police and ambulance and they arrived very quickly. The paramedics told me they were OK and didn't have any back injuries which was a relief.

"They were taken to hospital for a check-up.

"I think one of the ladies said her foot slipped. It was amazing they got across the main road because it was quite busy, it always is.

"The chap next door has only just moved in and he was out the back, cooking. It seems the car took out the bay and smashed into his desk and computer where he had been sitting .He was pretty shocked by it all."

The car was removed early yesterday and supports for the bay window installed.

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