Couple heard an ‘almighty bang’ as car collided with their house

Car crashed into a house on Schrimshaw Court, Skegness. Andrea Pringle and Richard Robinson who were upstairs asleep at the time.
Car crashed into a house on Schrimshaw Court, Skegness. Andrea Pringle and Richard Robinson who were upstairs asleep at the time.

“We heard this almighty bang and a sound like metal vibrating around the house.”

The words of Andrea Pringle, 44, who was in bed with partner Richard Robinson, 46, when they were awoken by the sound of a car crashing into their living room.

The scene of the crash. Photos: Megan Pringle

The scene of the crash. Photos: Megan Pringle

The incident, which took place this morning (Tuesday) resulted in a fractured gas main and 20 residents, two dogs and a cat being evacuated from their homes.

A police spokesman said the driver of a Ford Focus lost control and collided with the property in Scrimshaw Court, causing the gas leak.

Mrs Pringle told The Standard: “We were in bed and heard this almighty bang and a sound like metal vibrating around the house.”

Mrs Pringle described how she and her partner looked out of their front window to see two police cars outside.

Mr Richardson had to be treated for the effects of gas inhalation and was ‘violently sick’ following the incident after he went into the living room to deal with a radiator which had broken and was spraying water everywhere.

Nobody else was harmed and all the residents have since returned to their homes.

Mrs Pringle praised the emergency services including Skegness Hospital, where the evacuees were taken.

Structural engineers have been to carry out checks to the property.

The driver of the car, a 40-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police and driving while unfit through drink.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 20 of March 29.

Read more in tomorrow’s (March 30, 2016) Skegness Standard.