A motorist was cut free from the wreckage of his car after it crashed into another vehicle and demolished a garden wall in Stourbridge today.
Residents were awoken from their beds after hearing the ‘very loud’ smash shortly after midnight.
Some dashed from their homes to help the dazed driver in Cobden Street, Wollaston.
They gave him first aid at the scene and checked him over as emergency services arrived. Fire crews from Stourbridge and Brierley Hill cut the middle-aged driver out of the Peugeot 307.
Paramedics took him to Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital but he was not thought to be seriously hurt. The vehicle hit a parked car in the one-way street before ploughing into the low wall.
The wall belonged to shocked homeowner 87-year-old Estelle Depa.
Mrs Depa said today: “I was in bed when it happened but my neighbours went out.”
Next-door neighbour Robert Warner, aged 62, said: “I woke up when the blue flashing lights arrived.
“The Peugeot was buried in the wall and the emergency services were getting the driver out.”
Another neighbour, Kevin Bidmead, aged 53, and his son, Matthew, 27, raced to the scene after hearing a ‘very loud bang’ as they watched television.
Kevin Bidmead said: “The car had clipped another car as it came down the road before hitting the wall. The driver seemed dazed and the car was full of gas from the air bags.
“The driver, who was disoriented, wound down the window and my son, who is first aid trained, checked him over.”
Stourbridge fire station watch commander Bert Johnson said the crews cut away the ‘B’ post frame from the middle of the car to free the driver.
The crews were at the scene for more than an hour making sure the car was safe and clearing debris.
Bricks from the small wall had been knocked into the front garden in the impact.
West Midlands Police spokesman Lee Page said: “We are investigating the accident.”
Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to call the police on 101.