Miracle escape

Shelter accomodation bungalow that was crashed into by a car, Rochdale Road, Walsden.
Shelter accomodation bungalow that was crashed into by a car, Rochdale Road, Walsden.

A pensioner had a lucky escape when a car came off the road and ploughed into her bungalow on Tuesday evening.

Firefighters, police and an ambulance were called to the property on Rochdale Road, Walsden, at 8pm after a car crashed through a set of traffic lights outside the post office and left the road before careering over a grassy verge and smashing into the front of the bungalow.

Luckily the owner of the bungalow was in the kitchen at the rear of the property at the time.

One neighbour said: “If she’d have been in the front room, she would have been killed.”

The bungalow is part of the John Eastwood Homes development of specially adapted properties for elderly residents.

Fire crews assisted in making the building safe and a local building firm came to secure the property. They were in attendance for about two hours.

James Priestley, watch commander at Todmorden Fire Station, said: “The front elevation of the property suffered extensive damage.

“It was lucky the elderly woman was in the rear of the property.”

The damaged set of traffic lights at the pelican crossing has been removed. The driver of the car was taken to hospital.

Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact police via 101.