Out-of-control car fleeing police smashes into homes on ‘Weetabix corner’
Homeowners have told how an out-of-control car fleeing police crashed into their houses in the middle of the night. The silver Vauxhall Astra careered into a property on the corner of High Street and Hollington Road, in Tean, before smashing into a neighbouring house. It then span up Hollington Road before coming to a stop at the junction of St Thomas Road.
Eyewitnesses say three men were inside the vehicle which lost two wheels in the collision at around 1am yesterday (July 18). They say two men remained inside the car and were arrested. However, a third man reportedly ran off resulting in neighbours ‘searching their back gardens with torches’ in case he was hiding there.
It is understood he was later found at a nearby haulage business and detained. READ MORE:Emergency crews rescue man from fourth storey of scaffolding tower Six police cars and two ambulances were sent to the scene with a cordon in place until around 7.30am.
Now the affected families are calling for traffic calming measures. Gavin Connelly was at home with his nine-year-old daughter when he says he heard an ‘almighty bang’. The 43-year-old said: “I was falling asleep downstairs at about 1.10am.
It was like a bomb had just gone off. “I could see sirens and could tell there had obviously been a police chase and it had ended up in the car hitting our house. My daughter was also asleep upstairs, but unbelievably she slept through it all.
“When I came out there was two men lying down on the floor with the police. The car was sideways in the middle of the junction in a right mess.
The car crashed into Gavin Connelly’s home on Hollington Road in Tean
“It was a massive shock, I was dead to the world and with the noise it made I expected to see a car in the kitchen. “We’re dealing with the insurance now, but it’s caused cracks inside of my house and damaged the wall outside.
Cadent came out to check the gas as the boiler is on that wall. “I’ve lived here a year and this is a prime example why something needs to be done on the street. Some drivers come round this corner far too quick, you can see the skid marks.
“It needs traffic calming measures or maybe some bollards so our houses aren’t the first point of impact. Heaven forbid it’s a truck that hits, it would go through the house. “I do worry about it, you think it will never happen to you, but last night shows it can.
Thank God we’re both alright. “We want to feel safe in our house, but it’s a bad corner and speed is a factor, something needs to be done.”
The damage caused to Paul Williams’ home on Hollington Road in Tean
After hitting Gavin’s home, the car then crashed into neighbour Paul Williams’ home. The 48-year-old, who was at home with his partner and two children, said: “There was a police chase, as far as I can tell, with an unmarked black BMW police car and I think a silver Astra which ended up hitting Gav’s house and then our house and ended up on the other side of the road without any wheels on one side.
“We heard the car crash and looked out the window and just saw a lot of brick dust. Within about 30 minutes there was about six police cars here and two ambulances. It almost looked a bit like a warzone with the amount of flashing lights going on.
“It’s caused a big crack in the wall inside the house from the floor to ceiling and it’s knocked all my skirting boards out of shape and the impact has damaged outside. “Crashes have happened here before as it’s used as a short cut and you get a lot of cars racing up and down. It would be good if we could have some traffic calming, maybe bollards just to protect the houses.
The crash took place on Hollington Road in Tean (Image: Submitted)
“This corner is referred to as Weetabix corner as in the 70s a Weetabix lorry went through the houses next door and it had to be rebuilt from scratch.
We do worry about it, especially as we’ve got kids in the house.” Two men were taken to hospital following the crash. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 1.03am to reports of a single-vehicle road traffic collision on Hollington Road, in Tean.
We sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. We have treated two men for injuries not believed to be serious and they have been conveyed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.” StokeonTrentLive has approached Staffordshire Police for a statement.