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Lucky escape for driver as car collides with house

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Lucky escape for driver as car collides with house thumbnailThe car which crashed into a home in Bready on Thursday.

A FEMALE driver had a lucky escape when the car she was travelling in left the road and collided with a house at Bready.

The crash, which occurred on Thursday afternoon, resulted in the red Mercedes C-class car being upended with both rear wheels in the air and wedged in between the house and the main A5 road.

Photographs of the scene were widely shared on social media networking sites.

The spectacular crash occurred at the home of local man, Ivan Sheerin, just off the Victoria Road.

The corner on which Mr Sheerin lives is a notoriously dangerous bend in the road and has been the scene of many crashes at the pensioner's home in recent years.

Mr Sheerin was not home at the time. It's not clear how the collision occurred but it's understood the high sunshine at the time may have played a part.

Commenting on the incident, Mr Sheerin, said that while he was lucky to have not been in the house at the time of the accident, he fears it will not be the last.

"A few years ago a similar accident occurred when car travelling in the opposite direction crashed into the roof. Not long afterwards a lorry came through the barrier and landed on its side," he said.

"This is a very bad and sudden bend, drivers take the corner too hard and too fast. I fear a car will come through the house next time."

Emergency service personnel including the PSNI, Fire Service and ambulance, were quickly on the scene and debris was visible on the road.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has confirmed that the female managed to free herself. She was not seriously injured.

The crash occurred just after 3pm. Three fire appliances from Crescent Link Fire Station were tasked to the scene.

A spokesperson for the NIFRS said: "Firefighters were called a report of a one vehicle road traffic collision at 3.11pm.

"A female in the vehicle had self-rescued prior to the arrival of firefighters. She was taken to hospital as a precaution by ambulance. The incident was dealt with at 3.50pm."

Independent Derry City and Strabane District councillor for the area, Maurice Devenney, said it was extremely lucky nobody was killed or seriously injured in the incident.

There have also been calls for consideration of further accident prevention measures in at the bend.

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