Lucky escape for driver and house occupants as car smashes through wall into kitchen of house in Bishop's Stortford
A car careered off the road and smashed into the kitchen of a house in Bishop's Stortford while the occupants were inside.
Police, fire and rescue and ambulance crews were called to the scene at Court Close, off Waytemore Road on the Havers estate, at 11.48am on Sunday (May 16). A Saab driver in his 60s was treated for minor injuries.
Bishop's Stortford fire station crew commander Dean Hunt said that they were met with a scene of "substantial damage" where the car had hit the front of the house.
"The vehicle collided with a parked car, which pushed the parked vehicle into a house, causing some damage.
"But the vehicle that caused the accident then went on into the front of another property, causing substantial damage as it hit the kitchen wall of the house.
"People were in there at the time but they were fine.
"We had to make sure the scene was safe, helping to shore up the property to make sure there was going to be no further damage and kept everyone clear of the scene. We then handed over to structural engineers."
The two damaged houses are both semi-detached but not adjoining each other.
Mr Hunt praised the efforts of neighbours who came out to support the families involved. both of whom have had to be rehoused temporarily by East Herts Council.
"They were there for them. They didn't come out to be nosy neighbours, which was nice to see, especially after everything that people have been through recently," he added.
One fire engine from Stortford attended along with a specialist crew from Hitchin to ensure the house was stable during and after the Saab's removal.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire police said that both properties were evacuated while engineers inspected their structures. Two parked vehicles were damaged in the incident.
He added: "The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 60s, received treatment from paramedics for minor injuries. He was not arrested or charged with anything."