A woman driver had a lucky escape this morning when her car accidentally smashed through the front garden wall of a house in Baron Road, Penarth today and ended up embedded in a palm tree
The driver – a local resident – was just setting out from a parking place in Baron Road when the car apparently shot across the road and crashed through the brick garden wall – demolishing two substantial brick gate-pillars. It came to rest , badly damaged, in the front garden having travelled only ten yards – if that.
It’s understood the driver of the car was shaken and very upset but was not seriously injured . Her car is a six-year-old Honda hybrid automatic.
Although the car had struck the front wall of the garden with enough force to demolish the brickwork, knock-down one brick pillar and dislodge a second, the vehicle’s airbags had not deployed . A warning notice had to be appended to alert the breakdown crew to that effect
The householder, Mr David Ward, said the first he knew of the accident was when a neighbour who had heard the crash and came to knock on the door to tell him what had happened.
At the time, work was underway inside the house putting in a new bathroom . Now Mr Ward also faces having to rebuild the original gateway pillars and front wall of his property. Luckily the car stopped-short of hitting the front wall of the house itself.
The accident was attended by police officers from the South Wales Road Traffic division at Barry. The AA had also been summoned to the scene but it will need a full-size breakdown truck to pull the car out of garden where it’s came to rest on top of the broken brickwork of the front wall
Passers-by said it was lucky that the accident hadn’t happened earlier in the morning when local children would have been passing on their way to school.