Car smashed into man's bedroom seconds after he got up to use toilet

A man got out of bed just seconds before a car smashed into his bedroom. Steven Boyle had been sleeping right next to the wall moments ahead of the vehicle ploughing through, leaving a huge gaping hole. Mr Boyle, 57, said he had got up to go to the toilet just before the impact of the car, which was being driven by an elderly man.

The fork lift truck driver said when he heard the bang he ran outside his home in Westdale Court in Rhyl Road, Rhuddlan[1] . But it was only when he went back indoors to his bedroom that he realised what had made the noise. He said: “I was in bed at the time because I do nights, and I had just got up to go the toilet when I heard a huge bang.

“I went outside and couldn’t see anything, but then went into the bedroom and I was like, ‘Oh my God’. “I was in shock so I went outside and then I saw the commotion in the garage. I went across and I saw the car with bricks on top of it.

“I just couldn’t believe it. It was seconds between me getting up and it hitting the wall.”

Mr Boyle said he was helped by garage staff while what had happened started to sink in. Shortly afterwards, emergency services arrived on the scene.

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers came, with fire crews immediately ordering that the gas and electricity supplies to the building were switched off. Witnesses said the vehicle, being driven by an elderly man, had entered a Co-op petrol station forecourt next to Mr Boyle’s house before somehow losing control.

Car smashed into man's bedroom seconds after he got up to use toilet

The driver is said to have crashed into the back wall of the petrol station and a parked car, before hitting Mr Boyle’s house. Mr Boyle, who lives in the property with his partner Avril Roberts, said he was told that it was not safe to stay inside the house, so they have been rendered effectively homeless.

He said: “It was late on when it sunk in. I went back this morning and when I had a good look at the damage I realised how lucky I was.

Read More
Related Articles

“It’s really shaken me up. I couldn’t sleep much last night and today when I went back I thought, ‘Good God, I could have been in bed’.

You wonder what would have happened then, because it really hit the bed.” Mr Boyle said the manager of the Co-op checked CCTV and it showed the car hitting the back of the shop, before reversing and crashing into a staff member’s parked car and then hurtling towards the house. He said: “The car has come through a fence and across a walkway going to our back garden.

“If it wasn’t for the walkway what would have happened?

Car smashed into man's bedroom seconds after he got up to use toilet

“You never think it would happen to you, especially with it being next to a petrol station rather than a fast road. “It is going to be a while before it properly sinks in. It is starting to now, but I have not had time to stop and think about what happened because I can only think of what’s going to happen next.

“It is going to have a lot of impact.” Mr Boyle said he has been told he might be unable to return to his home for three months. He added: “The whole back end might have to all come down.

“Until a structural engineer comes out, we don’t really know.”

Read More
Related Articles

Neighbour Stewart Evans, who lives in the property above Mr Boyle, has also been forced to leave his home due to the damage. He said: “I came home from work at about quarter to six last night and went to have a look and I saw the car right in the middle of the car park.

Car smashed into man's bedroom seconds after he got up to use toiletDamage to the rear of the Co-Op store

“The man’s car was all smashed up and there were bricks all over it. “Paramedics were there and they had bandaged up his head.”

Read More
Related Articles

Mr Evans added: “I don’t think I’ll be going back in there for a while.

Car smashed into man's bedroom seconds after he got up to use toilet

“Luckily I can stay at my mum and dad’s for now.

I don’t know how long I will be out, but it could be weeks. “The wall is cracked on the edge of the stairs and there’s a small crack in the corner of the bedroom.” Mr Evans said he felt it was lucky nobody was more seriously hurt in the incident.

Car smashed into man's bedroom seconds after he got up to use toilet

He said: “It could have been far worse.

It’s lucky because you sometimes get kids in the car park on bikes so it is lucky nobody was injured in that way. “Somebody could have been hit as they were getting into their car. It doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Police said the driver escaped with minor injuries.

Read More

Top Stories

A Welsh Ambulance Service[2] spokesperson said: “We were called on Monday 6 January at approximately 5.23pm to reports of a collision between a car and the fence of a house on Rhyl Road, Rhuddlan. “We responded with one specialised medical car.” Relatives helped to take the man to hospital to be checked over.

The fire service added that they sent crews to the scene and “made the scene safe”.

References

  1. ^ Rhuddlan (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Welsh Ambulance Service (www.dailypost.co.uk)

You may also like...