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Man thrown through sunroof in Dudley crash

A man was thrown from a car as it hurtled into a Dudley front garden – but he walked away from the wreckage unhurt.


A man was thrown from a car as it hurtled into a Dudley front garden – but he walked away from the wreckage unhurt, as this dramatic footage shows.

CCTV footage captured the Peugeot 406 mounting the pavement, smashing through a brick wall and overturning outside Joyce Hampton's house.

Stunned residents in Brook Street, Woodsetton, Dudley, rushed outside after hearing the crash.

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Miss Hampton's brother Howard, aged 74, who lives next door with his wife Margaret, 70, had recently installed the cameras after becoming concerned about speeding motorists.

The retired couple were watching television inside when they heard a loud bang – and they were shocked when they later watched the drama unfold on the recording.

CCTV shows the car as it flips over in front of the house – and the man can be seen being catapulted from the sunroof of the vehicle and landing in the garden.

He then quickly stands up and pulls down his T-shirt before walking back towards the car. Piles of debris settle around the vehicle, which was badly damaged.

Miss Hampton, 60, a delivery driver, said she was woken up by the noise.

She said: "Fortunately, there was no-one walking up the footpath. If someone had been walking, I don't know what would have happened to them."

Gates in her front garden were wrecked in the impact of the crash, which happened at about 10.30pm on Sunday.

A wall at a neighbouring house, which is currently empty, was knocked down and a brick was even flung onto the roof, damaging a tile and landing in the back garden.

Miss Hampton's brother, who is a former drayman for Banks's Brewery in Wolverhampton, said: "He was flung from the car like a rag doll and it is amazing no-one was more badly hurt. A woman got out of the car and they were hugging each other. It was like they couldn't believe they were still alive.

"If someone would have been walking past they wouldn't have stood a chance."

Mr Hampton said drivers had used Brook Street as a rat run for years and there had been about six serious crashes in the last 10 years.

About 18 months ago Mr Hampton's Subaru was badly damaged when a car crashed into his garden wall.

In recent years a vehicle ploughed into a telegraph pole.

Mr Hampton said residents were concerned that pedestrians or school children could be hurt if a car mounts the pavement again.

By Adam Burling

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