Woman tells of home car smash drama
A HOME-owner has told of her shock after her own car smashed into her living room as she was settling down to watch a Clint Eastwood movie.About 20 firefighters, police officers and paramedics were called to Little Wratting on Wednesday night after a driver went into diabetic shock and collided first with a telegraph pole and then with a resident's car.
A HOME-owner has told of her shock after her own car smashed into her living room as she was settling down to watch a Clint Eastwood movie.
About 20 firefighters, police officers and paramedics were called to Little Wratting on Wednesday night after a driver went into diabetic shock and collided first with a telegraph pole and then with a resident's car.
The car in question was Christine Alberry's prized black BMW which in turn was shunted into her living room, sending the radiator flying across the room and damaging the front wall of her home.
As well as smashing into her home, the BMW also slammed into her white van and white Ford Fiesta.
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At first, Miss Alberry, who was sat right next to the wall with a cup of tea awaiting the start of The Dead Pool with her partner Paul O'Gorman, had no idea what happened.
She said: “It was very close. There was no skidding or breaking. You just heard an almighty thud - you don't expect your own car to come in through your living room.
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“I was sat down with a cup of tea when a Clint Eastwood film was starting. I was on the telephone to my cousin and I told her I would have to call her back.
“Paul went outside and then said I had lost my BMW. When I came outside it all opened up exactly what had happened. The police and fire service were amazing.
“Property can be replaced, lives cannot,” she said, adding, “It wasn't the driver's fault. He hadn't been drinking or anything like that. I just hope he is okay.”
But it is not the first time Miss Alberry, whose 200-year-old detached home is now marked by cracks in the wall, has experienced problems with her home.
After buying the property in 2000 it was flooded and she spent the next three years living in a caravan on her three-acre rear garden while her home dried out.
Miss Alberry has also called for the speed limit outside her home to be cut from 60mph to the 30mph limit in place just 50 yards from her door.
She is joined in her rallying cry for a speed cut by neighbour Bill Porter, who gave first aid to the injured driver.
Mr Porter, who used to be a first responder at Stansted Airport in Essex, said he heard the crash from his home 30 yards away.
Describing how he dealt with the injured driver - who had gone into diabetic shock - he said: “I just kept his head back and immobilised and kept talking to him.”
Miss Alberry said it was too early to say what structural damage her home had suffered but a building inspector from St Edmundsbury Borough Council was sent to the scene of the crash and declared it safe.
The driver suffered a neck injury, which was not serious. He was taken to Addenbrookes' Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.