Driver goes on rampage

Police are investigating an incident on Clap Gate Lane, Winstanley where a car crashed into nine other vehicles before driving off.  Pictured is one of the damaged cars
Police are investigating an incident on Clap Gate Lane, Winstanley where a car crashed into nine other vehicles before driving off. Pictured is one of the damaged cars

RESIDENTS of a quiet Wigan street have been left in shock after a car smashed into nine vehicles and then drove off.

Police were called to Clap Gate Lane, Goose Green, following reports that a silver Mercedes had crashed into a number of stationary cars.

And the force with which the car crashed into one vehicle was so strong that it pushed it back by about 10ft.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said that they heard a loud screeching and saw the car speeding along the road and crash into a number of other cars.

Pam Leonard, who lives on the road, said: “The car was headed up the road towards Highfield Grange Avenue so to crash into these parked cars it has crossed over onto the wrong side of the road.

“I was in the back of the house ironing and the tumble dryer was on so I didn’t hear a thing at the time, but we’ve heard that two lads who were parked up saw it all and took the car registration down.

“The stretch of road where the car started hitting the other cars is relatively straight so we think that there must have been something really wrong for the driver to repeatedly veer onto the wrong side of the road into the parked cars.”

The driver’s rampage covered a stretch of road about a third of a mile long and at least two cars were hit head on by the speeding vehicle pushing them into other parked cars.

Karen Cornett was on holiday at the time of the incident and came home to find her brand new car had been hit.

She said: “We came up the road to see that our neighbours wing mirror had been knocked off but thought that there was a bit too much glass just for that, and as we got closer we saw that our car had been hit too. Our car is less than six months old and now we either have to fork out a £200 excess for something that isn’t our fault or wait until the case comes to court. The damage done to the cars up and down the road must be in the region of tens of thousands of pounds.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “We were called to Clap Gate Lane at about 9pm on Sunday night after reports that a vehicle had gone into a number of care. When we got to the scene we found debris in the road and nine cars had been damaged. Investigations are ongoing.”