Van hits Wombourne house after careering off road

A van careered from a road near Wolverhampton and ploughed into the front porch of a house demolishing the wall and door.

Van hits Wombourne house after careering off road

Dozens of residents rushed to the scene when the white box van veered off Brickbridge Lane, in Wombourne, crossing the garden, hitting the front before coming to rest on a pile of bricks.

The vehicle was travelling from the direction of Planks Lane towards Bridgnorth Road when the crash happened.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "I was in my back garden when I heard a strange noise.

"I went to see what it was and saw this van jammed up against the front of the house. It looked like a scene from a soap opera. There was rubble everywhere. I couldn't believe my eyes.

"I saw a young couple who said the van had narrowly missed hitting them. They had been walking along the pavement at the time.

"The van's passenger door was open and they were talking to the driver. We asked him if he was okay and helped him out. He just sank to his knees when he got out. He looked quite badly shaken up. The young couple phoned for the emergency services which got here within a few minutes.

"The people who live in the house were in the kitchen reading the newspaper and they couldn't get out of the front because of the damage and the van was stuck there, so they used their side door."

He said the driver was placed on a stretcher by ambulance crews and taken away shortly afterwards.

Resident Elsie White, aged 76, a retired assembly worker, said: "I was inside watching TV and playing cards with my grandson Euan, when he noticed the blue flashing lights arriving in the street. We ran out to see what was going on only to find a van wedged in the front of the house two doors from us. It was a big shock."

The area's Neighbourhood Watch representative Bernard Sparrow, 69, a retired salesman, said: "I heard a thud which at first I thought was someone banging our front door. But five minutes later I saw a fire engine come down the road, then an ambulance and the police so I went down the drive this time and realised that this van had ploughed into the front of one of the other houses."

The family at the damaged house were too upset to comment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said a man, aged in his 30s, was immobilised on a spinal board and taken to Russell's Hall Hospital for treatment.

Fire service crews from Wombourne and Brierley Hill also attended the incident which happened shortly before 8.40pm on Friday.

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