Man charged after car crashes into apartments

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A MAN has been charged with drink driving after a car ploughed into an apartment block in the early hours of the morning.

Miraculously, there were no injuries even though the vehicle, a black Vauxhall Astra, was written off in the terrifying incident on Sunday which caused serious damage to the property on Walthew House Lane, Kitt Green.

The apartments on Spring Road, Kitt Green, which were damaged when they were struck by a car

The apartments on Spring Road, Kitt Green, which were damaged when they were struck by a car

Emergency services were called shortly after 1am to the collision which was on the corner of the street at its junction with Springs Road, close to the entrance to the Heinz factory.

Philip Darbyshire, 21, was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with drink driving. He will appear before Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court on February 25.

Fortunately the ground floor apartment into which the car crashed was empty at the time.

According to other residents in the block, who didn’t have to be evacuated, the previous occupants had not long since moved out.

One crew from Wigan fire station attended the scene alongside Leigh’s technical rescue unit who, despite nobody being injured or trapped, used their equipment to make sure the building was safe until the arrival of the building inspector.

Wigan crew manager Nigel Shepard said: “The driver of the car was very lucky to get out of the car and have no injuries, the vehicle was a total write-off.

“There was also structural damage to the property and luckily there was nobody inside at the time.”

One of the block’s residents, who lives in one of the apartments above where the collision took place, described the huge thud.

She said: “My husband was awake watching television at the time and I was in bed, he got quite a bit of a shock because it was a really loud bang.

“I woke up too it was that loud.

“It’s a really bad bend on the road and there have been a lot of accidents there recently.”

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman told the Evening Post that the young driver was detained at the scene and it’s believed that there were no other passengers in the vehicle.

He said: “We were called at 1.17am to reports of a single vehicle being driven by a young male that had crashed into an apartment block. He was detained at the scene.

“The fire service came out because the vehicle was smoking. There were no reports of any injuries.”