Lucky escape as van demolishes wall

PUBLISHED: 07:22 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:47 31 May 2010

The remains of the wall after the accident - Pic: James Burton

The remains of the wall after the accident - Pic: James Burton

SLEEPING residents had their peace shattered in the early hours on Tuesday when a van careered through a garden wall. People in Borough Lane, Saffron Walden, were awoken by a large crash when a white Vauxhall Combo van went through a brick wall beside a h

SLEEPING residents had their peace shattered in the early hours on Tuesday when a van careered through a garden wall.

People in Borough Lane, Saffron Walden, were awoken by a large crash when a white Vauxhall Combo van went through a brick wall beside a house at 2am.

Police, ambulance and fire crews rushed to the scene where they found the van teetering on the edge of the wall. The driver was cut free from the vehicle by firefighters.

Saffron Walden fire station officer Paul Curtis said: "It looked like the driver of the van had lost control of his vehicle on the bend on the lane and veered into a garden wall.

"We spent 20 minutes trying to get the man out. Because the vehicle was unstable, we secured it to a tree with ropes while we freed the driver.

"He was hanging half-in, half-out of the vehicle, and once we'd got him free we administered first aid before leaving him in the care of paramedics."

Fortunately the home-owner was not in the house at the time of the accident.

The wall was obliterated in the impact and rubble was scattered across the front of the property, which was once a shop.

Stephanie King, who lives opposite was disturbed by the crash. She said: "I heard the screech of brakes and then a very loud bang," she said.

"I looked out and saw a van embedded in the wall. Before long the police turned up, followed by two fire crews and an ambulance.

"There were flashing lights outside until 4am, and I eventually got back to sleep after the recovery vehicle had taken the van away."

An ambulance spokesman said the driver was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment for head injuries.

- A MAN was questioned at Chelmsford Police Station in connection with the incident.

The 45-year-old from Bishop's Stortford, has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and driving while over the legal limit for alcohol.

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