An out of control car careered off the road and ploughed through the wall of a flat, narrowly missing a factory worker who was inside his home watching TV at the time.
Resident Mamadou Diallo, aged 34, described hearing a loud bang and seeing a ‘silver shape’ pass in front of his eyes moments before he was covered in dust and rubble.
The silver Volkswagen Golf came crashing into his ground floor flat, on Maughan Street in Dudley. Mr Diallo, who escaped without injury, fears he could have died had he not made a change to his typical evening routine.
He had been relaxing at home watching music videos when the car smashed through his living room.
“I usually lie down on the settee, but my back has been hurting so I decided to lie on the floor. The car smashed through the wall straight into the settee, so if I had been on there I would probably be a dead man now. I don’t know how it missed me, but I am just thankful that I am still alive,” Mr Diallo said.
“I had no idea what was going on at first. I thought a bomb had gone off the sound was so loud.”
Mr Diallo said he crawled out of a gap in the wall next to the car before looking back inside the house to see what had happened.
“Everything was going on so fast I still wasn’t sure what had happened. When I looked back in the room it was in bits. Everything was smashed to pieces, the TV, the settee, everything was crushed up against the back wall.
“The driver had fallen out of the car and was lying in the rubble. I went back in because I was worried about him and tried to help him. I think he was disabled because his false leg was lying on the floor in the all the mess.
“I can remember just screaming out ‘what are you doing?’ but he didn’t say anything,” he said. Neighbours gathered outside the building in the aftermath of the crash, with police and firefighters arriving at the scene at around 10pm on Saturday.
Six families living in the three-storey block of flats were evacuated while structural engineers assessed whether or not the building was safe. They had a three-hour wait to learn whether they would be allowed back into their homes.
Mr Diallo, who works at Newbrel on Gainsford Drive in Halesowen, said he spent the night at a friend’s after being checked over at Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital. Mr Diallo, who said he has been in the UK for around 10 years having moved here from Guinea, revealed he is due to become a naturalised British citizen next week.
“I was looking forward to it a lot but now I don’t have a place to live,” he said.
After the car was removed and taken away, the hole in the wall was boarded up.
The driver of the car was arrested shortly after the crash on suspicion of drink driving and has been bailed by police.