Res­i­dents count bless­ings af­ter car crashes into house

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

al­ready vis­ited the home and while se­ri­ous struc­tural dam­age was sus­pected, the full ex­tent would not be known un­til the cladding and weather­boards are re­moved.

In­side the home the Wilt­shires have lived in since 1952, there is a two inch crack in the plas­ter lin­ing and the ceil­ing, with a set­tee at the point of im­pact hav­ing moved six inches.

Mr Wilt­shire said he could not get out the front door, which had been pried shut by the im­pact, so raced out the back and ran around the front, where he found three po­lice cars, a fire en­gine and tow truck.

“They were so very good,” he said, ad­mit­ting the in­ci­dent had shaken them a lit­tle.

So too, next door neigh­bor, Chloe Wil­son, got one hell of a shock.

“I re­ally thought the car was go­ing to come fly­ing through our house,” she said.

It crashed through her front fence, just miss­ing the front bed­room where her 18 month old daugh­ter was asleep, and through the side fence, slam­ming into the Wilt­shires’ home.

“We just heard heaps of po­lice sirens, a loud car noise, then crash, crash….it was so scary,” she said.

“It was lucky no one was killed.”

A CAR may have smashed into his house, caus­ing se­ri­ous dam­age, but John Wilt­shire was count­ing his bless­ings yes­ter­day.One hell of a bang, “like a mini ex­plo­sion”, he said, rocked the house only two me­tres from where his wife of al­most 60 years, Joan, was sit­ting watch­ing tele­vi­sion at 9.27pm on Fri­day night.“It was too close for com­fort…but it could have been worse…no one was hurt,” he said.“I thought ini­tially a car had wrapped it­self around the tree out the front, as we of­ten have hooli­gans in cars on this cor­ner.”But the car, al­legedly driv­ing at high speed to flee po­lice, had raced out of Roy Street and shot across Swan Street, jump­ing the na­ture strip and through an iron front fence, a side alu­minium fence and slam­ming into the Wilt­shires’ home on the cor­ner of Swan and Steane streets.The force of im­pact on the eastern cor­ner pushed the home five inches north­south off its foun­da­tion, caus­ing a bow in the south fac­ing wall.Mr Wilt­shire said coun­cil’s build­ing in­spec­tor had COUNT­ING HER BLESS­INGS: Swan Street res­i­dent Chloe Wil­son thought the car, which ca­reered through her front and side fence and slammed into the Wilt­shires’ home (pic­tured), was go­ing to come fly­ing through her house.

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