CAR DRIVES 10 YARDS… AND CRASHES INTO A PENARTH FRONT-GARDEN

The car demolished the wall and front gateway of this house in Baron Road, Penarth .

The car demolished the wall and front gateway of this house in Baron Road, Penarth .

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.

The palm tree seemed to have borne the brunt of the impact and ensured the car didn't get as far as the house

The palm tree seemed to have borne the brunt of the impact and ensured the car didn’t get as far as the house

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 was busy putting in a new bathroom when the crash happened. It's now left him with a little more renovation work to do than he'd bargained for.

The householder Mr David Ward was busy putting in a new bathroom when the crash happened. The accident has now left him with a little more renovation work to do than he’d bargained for.

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 heavy brick pillar was unsafe after being dislodged and will have to be pulled down and re-built

The heavy brick pillar was unsafe after being dislodged and will have to be pulled down and re-built

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.

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11 Responses to CAR DRIVES 10 YARDS… AND CRASHES INTO A PENARTH FRONT-GARDEN

  1. Martin Coffee says:

    I thought the yellow notice was another parking ticket at first but was pleased to read that it is a warning notice for the recovery team.

  2. Ivor Bagman says:

    I think that the
    car needs a dentist
    or was it goofy in the first place ??

  3. Tony says:

    we read much about elderly people having accidents but no-one mentions that many elderly drivers switch to automatic cars-in my experience these cars can be more difficult to control-at best you seem to have a kangaroo driving the car with you, at worst it is very easy to misjudge the “drive mode”-I would not feel safe in one.

  4. Christopher David says:

    Aw cmon- no jokes about women drivers- these hybrid auto boxes are neither fish nor fowl. What do you drive to WoRk tony?😉 I have a Rolls Canardly.

    • Tony says:

      Thanks Christopher I made no mention of the gender of the driver-in fact the item does not mention the age of the driver-I like hybrids but they all seem to have automatic gearboxes nowadays-the item does say the airbags did not deploy so it must have been quite a gentle impact-automatics are just not for me.

  5. Christopher David says:

    Love it but I was just joshing Tony. Anyway you didn’t pick up on the work thing so you’re not “the” Tony :- Best

  6. Frank Evans says:

    I would ban automatics for the over 70’s. If you can’t use a clutch your not fit to drive. Too many accidents involving automatics and the elderly.

  7. Christopher David says:

    Statistics / evidence Frank?

    • Frank Evans says:

      If you have access to the Internet. Put (automatic cars elderly accidents) into your favourite search engine. You maybe surprised or shocked at the death rate of reported accidents

  8. Christopher David says:

    Its usual for the poster to reference Mr Evans but here is the conclusion of the Dept of Transports very detailed investigation “Cognitive failures in aging also seem to be linked to a minority
    of crashes where elderly drivers perform an ‘unintended acceleration’ in an
    automatic vehicle”. Road Safety Research Report 109.

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