Gobsmacked couple relive moment car ploughed into their house near North Curry (From Somerset County Gazette)
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Gobsmacked couple relive moment car ploughed into their house near North Curry
A COUPLE were left gobsmacked after a car ploughed into their house where they were watching television just feet away.
Stunned Mervyn Dykes, 69, and his wife Iris, 70, were relaxing at home on Tuesday when a car smashed through their wooden gate, sending turf flying across 30 yards of their lawn, before hitting their converted barn.
The couple, who live at Lower Knapp Lane, in Knapp, near Taunton, said they could not believe their eyes.
Mervyn told the County Gazette: “I was on the computer and my wife was watching television in the front room.
“I heard a bang and then a huge roar so I went through to my wife to ask her what the noise was.
“When she didn’t know, I opened the French windows and saw there was a car up against the house so I rushed out to see what was going on.
“There was lots of revving and he [the driver] must have had his foot down because you could see the wheels spinning and smell burnt rubber.
“The engine was roaring and the car was full of what looked like smoke so I was worried it might catch fire.”
A neighbour who heard the crash, which happened at around 8pm, ran to the car and pulled the elderly driver out.
The male driver suffered minor cuts and bruises and was cared for in the house until emergency services arrived.
The couple said they were lucky the car did not hit the French windows otherwise it could have been a disaster.
Mervyn said: “We are really lucky because the floor is 18 inches above the bottom of the house so where the car hit is thick stone and didn’t cause much damage inside.
“If he had hit the French windows he would have driven right into the house.
“I did wonder if someone would hit the gate one day but never did I think they would reach the house.”
The couple say the only expense from their lucky escape is a new gate and post.
Police are investigating the incident.
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