A car carrying three young children careered off the road, through a garden wall and into the side of a house.
The children - aged one, three and eight - and the woman driver had a lucky escape from the drama in Brierley Hill.
The brakes on the car, a silver Citroen Picasso, apparently failed before the car went through the wall and hit the house.
It then ended up balancing against the side of a house in Calewood Road at around 6.20pm yesterday.
No-one was hurt but the driver was taken to Russells Hall Hospital as a precaution, while the three girls went home with their grandmother.
Watch commander Roy Whitehead, from Brierley Hill fire station, said: “The driver pulled out of a junction and she said she went to slam her brakes on because there was a vehicle coming down the road.
“But she said her brakes failed and she continued into the front garden of one house, and angled herself so she hit the corner of another property.”
Firefighters then used a winch to pull the car away from the house, as it was blocking access to a side passageway of the house.
The crash caused no structural damage.
Bench joiner Mark Moore, aged 27, was in the house at the time of the crash, along with his brother and mother Julie, who was downstairs in the kitchen next to where the car ended up.
Mr Moore said: “I had just back from work and I heard the noise. It’s hard to describe but it was like a bang.
“I looked out of the window and saw the car at the side of the building, and came downstairs first to see if my mum was alright.
“Then I saw there were kids in the car, so I jumped out of the downstairs window. My next door neighbour was already there, and we got them to turn the engine off and got them to pass the kids out to me.
“The little one in the back was still asleep.”