Residents count blessings after car crashes into house
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.