THIS is the devastating scene after a car smashed into a house in Wigan.
The Ford Escort – driven by an 18-year-old girl – shot into the extension of a house in Thomas Street, Hindley Green, causing serious structural damage, at 11.45am on Wednesday.
Details of how the accident occurred are not yet fully established, but the girl’s father, who did not wish to be named, said that his 19-year-old son and daughter were cleaning the car, which was parked on a yard, opposite the house, when the girl accidentally stepped on the accelerator and the car bolted forward.
She smashed her head on the windscreen and was taken to Wigan Infirmary with minor head injuries.
Today, the owner of the house, who also did not want to be named, spoke of his shock at the crash, and how a last minute decision not to make a cup of tea saved him from injury.
The 49-year-old said: “I was in the kitchen when it happened. I had just opened my back door and put the kettle on, but changed my mind and switched it off.
“I sat at the kitchen table and saw the car reverse and the lad said to the girl ‘jump in.’
“I put my head down to do paperwork and an almighty rev came.
“I looked up and saw a car coming forwards at great speed so I jumped away.
“If I had decided to make a brew, I could have been seriously hurt as that was the place which took the full force.
“The car was smoking and I feared it would set alight, so I called the fire service.”
The force of the car damaged the exterior of the back extension and destroyed the kitchen units which had just been fitted at the weekend.
The owner added: “It was an accident and luckily no one had been seriously hurt, which is the main thing.
“It is just one of those things.”
Crews from Hindley attended the scene and made the house structurally safe using props and moved the car out of the way.
Watch Manager Isaac Olurankinse said: “When we arrived we found the car stuck in the rear of the house.
“Luckily, no one was seriously injured, but the girl had hit her head and a trauma technician dealt with her.”