A QUICK trip to the shops for bread saved two young children being crushed by a car which ploughed into their back garden.
Six-year-old Jack Rockliffe and his sister Jessica, four, had been playing in their back garden just 20 minutes before an elderly driver lost control of his Hyundai Accent and smashed through two fence panels and on to the lawn of their home in Bolton Road, Ashton.
Their mum, Julie, 35, was mortified when she arrived home from the shop to see the scene of devastation and what could have happened had she not taken her children out.
The 83-year-old driver escaped unscathed apart from minor chest pains but was taken to Wigan Infirmary.
Julie, who works at Bet Fred in Bryn, said: “I nipped to the shop to get some bread and when I got back my neighbours were out and told me that a car was in my garden.
“I could not believe it - my children had been playing out just moments before but then I took them to the shop.
“The scary thought was that the trampoline was in the spot where the car landed and they would have been playing on that and quite often the neighbours’ children come and play here.
“But my husband, John, had moved it just a day earlier to be in front of our patio, where a hot tub used to be, which we have not put away.
“It is frightening to think what could have happened.
“Luckily the driver is fine. The police said that he had put his foot on the brakes and it failed.
“Thankfully no-one got hurt.
“It is unbelievable that I had gone out for 20 minutes. Had I not, it could have been a different story.”
Onlookers were also shocked by the incident, which happened at 3.40pm on Monday.
One member of staff at Ashton Carpets, on the corner of Bolton Road, said: “I don’t know how the car managed to get through two fence panels and into a garden.
“I was inside when I heard a bit of a bang, but a lot of wagons drive by and so thought it was just one of those.
“Fortunately the driver is okay.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed that an 83-year-old man had driven through the fence at Bolton Road’s junction with Golborne Road, but could not give details on what caused the incident.
Firefighters from Wigan and Hindley attended the scene and assisted the driver out of the car.
Mike Fairhurst, crew manager at Wigan Fire Station, said: “The driver came off the road and drove through the gardens, taking out two lots of fence panels.”