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Hole left in family's home after crash

Dudley | News | Published:

A car ploughed through the side of a home in the Black Country leaving the stunned family saying they are lucky to have escaped injury.

Police say a driver has been arrested after a car smashed through the side of a house in Pensnett leaving a gaping hole

The car smashed into the kitchen of the home in Pensnett, sending bricks, a washing machine and tumble dryer flying across the room.

The 30-year-old driver, who was left with bruising to his face, was arrested by police.

Father-of-two Simon Husselbee, 44, an ambulance driver, was inside the house at the time alongside his 11-year-old daughter Katie, and seven-year-old son Ethan – who were all upstairs.

His wife Sally, 39, also an ambulance driver, was returning from work at the time of crash, which happened at around 3.55pm on Wednesday.

Firefighters had to remove the car before they propped up the building for safety.

The damage caused to the family's home
The damage caused to the family's home

Mr Husselbee said: “The police said it was lucky no-one was in the kitchen at the time. Any other time at that time of day someone would have been in there and could have been hurt.”

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The impact smashed bricks from the building and left a gaping hole.

They are going through their insurance following the crash, which will cost them thousands of pounds in damage.

Simon’s 11-year-old daughter Katie was walking down the stairs of her home at time, and she thought the impact was the result of the kitchen exploding, her father Simon said.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Luckily the family were upstairs at the time. Officers were approached by a woman saying she was the owner of the car and hadn’t given permission for her car to be used.

"A 30-year-old man from Pensnett was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent. He has been released by police while inquiries continue.”

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Reporter covering Dudley, Sandwell and Wyre Forest. Also dabble in sport. Call me on 01384353205 or email jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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