'Miracle' escape as car with kids in ploughs into Lincoln garden
A car careered through a set of traffic lights and a metal crash barrier before landing in a garden and uprooted a tree.
A 37-year-old woman with two children on board her Volvo XC90 was heading towards Lincoln on Monday before she lost control in Canwick Road.
The car then went through the lights and smashed through a metal barrier and railings at the South Park junction before it came to rest in gardens in Kingsway.
It also took out a child's swing, a washing line and a wooden fence before it landed on top of a baby's toy basket left feet away from a seating area – where a resident had sat only 30 minutes before.
FREE BOILER !!! FREE BOILER !!!LANDLORDS / TENANTS & HOMEOWNERS,...View details
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE BOILER ??? IF YOU ARE IN RECEIT OF TAX CREDITS, PENSION CREDITS, INCOME SUPPORT, JOB SEEKERS ALLOWANCE OR DISABILITY, THEN GIVE YOUR LOCAL PLUMBING COMPANY A CALL NOW.
Terms: TS & CS APPLY
Contact: 01472 803004
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
Lucky Lucy Mackenzie, 23, was upstairs with son Tyler, 4, at the time because she was feeling unwell.
"I was upstairs when I heard a noise and I just looked out of window and saw the car coming into the garden," she said.
"I'm shocked, but relieved that no-one was in the garden at the time. I've never heard of anything like this before.
"Luckily, I was not feeling very well so I had gone upstairs with Tyler to watch a DVD.
"I definitely think there needs to be a better barrier between the road and our gardens."
Next-door neighbour Andrew Cowley, 34, a care assistant and singer with AC/DC tribute band Let There Be D/C, said: "I was in the kitchen and it felt as if the whole house was shaking, almost like an earthquake. I wasn't sure what was going on. I heard children crying and went out and saw a car had ended up in our gardens.
"I was only in the garden half an hour beforehand.
"Thankfully, my wife, Lisa, and one-year-old daughter Bethany were out at the time."
Mrs Cowley said: "It was the tree that stopped the car from hitting the house. This could have been a tragedy on another level. I think there needs to be a secure barrier on the road made out of concrete."
Tom Langtry, owner of Top Car Ltd, helped free the woman and children from the car.
"I was stood outside talking to a customer when I heard a bang and looked up and saw a car leave the road and go down the slope into the gardens," he said.
"Me and Phil from the Ducati bike shop jumped down there and got the kids and the lady out.
"They were out before the firefighters and paramedics arrived.
"The car was smoking and we thought it was going to catch fire – we didn't realise the smoke was coming from the air bags that had gone off.
"It's a miracle no-one was killed."
Lincolnshire Police said no-one was seriously hurt in the incident which happened at about 3.45pm on Monday, August 19 and the matter is still under investigation.
Lincolnshire County Council says there is no track record of accidents of this nature in that area so there are currently no plans to install a concrete barrier. But the authority has agreed to monitor the situation.
Witnesses should call police on the non-emergency 101 number.