Couple's lucky escape as car crashes


Rebecca Cole

AN ELDERLY couple have been reliving the terrifying moment a car crashed onto their property and burst into flames.
Frank and Betty Williams were fast asleep when they were rudely awakened by banging on their front door and shouts of “call 999”.
Mr Williams, 84, (pictured) admitted he cursed the callers at first, who knocked shortly after 6.30am on Friday morning, thinking they had just broken down.
But when he opened the door he saw flames shooting from a Renault Clio which had smashed through their garden fence at the junction of the B4397 and the B4396, a 60 miles per hour road near The Avenue at Knockin.

The car quickly became a fireball just feet from 81-year-old Mrs Williams’ bedroom.
Mr Williams said: “It was pitch dark and this man was banging on the front door which woke me up.
“I’ve got a fire extinguisher which I brought out but the flames were so big it didn’t help at all.
“It was really nasty and very close to the window,” he added.
Mrs Williams added: “My bedroom is right there and I was fast asleep.
“It could have been a lot worse.”
The driver, a man believed to be in his late teens who Mr Williams described as “lucky to be alive”, was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital complaining of chest pain but his injuries were not thought to be serious.
This is not the first time the couple’s house has been ploughed into – about eight years ago a car careered into their living room.
But the couple are reluctant to leave as the house has been Mr William’s home all his life and his father’s before him.
He added: “The kerbs were raised after the last crash or this car would have been in the house as well.
“We have considered moving because of the risk but it’s selling the place that’s the problem.
“It’s a bad bend and at 6.30 in the morning it could have been icy,” he added.
Firefighters from Baschurch and Oswestry were called to the scene to tackle the blaze.
West Mercia Police closed part of the road while the emergency services worked to clear the scene.
A spokesman said: “The car left the road and went into the garden of the house before catching fire.”
“Luckily the house itself was not damaged but the garden fence was completely demolished.”

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