Car crashes into house in Belfast

Published Tuesday, 13 March 2012
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A man has been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a house in east Belfast, leaving a gaping hole in the front wall.

Car crashes into house in Belfast
Part of the front wall was smashed in the collision. (© Pacemaker)

The incident happened in the Whincroft Road area on Tuesday afternoon.

The driver, understood to be an elderly man, lost control of the car and smashed into the property causing substantial damage.

He was taken to hospital for treatment on minor injuries.

Local Alliance councillor Carole Howard said she has spoken to the owner of the house, who was not in at the time of the accident - but normally would be.

"This was a lucky escape for the woman who owns the house," Ms Howard said.

"I spoke with her shortly after the accident and she said at that time she would have normally been in the room that the car crashed into, but was thankfully out of the house.

"We could have been looking at somebody being seriously injured or worse in this incident. It also happened at a time when children would have been walking home in the area after school finished.

"I believe the elderly driver was taken to hospital as he suffered minor injuries. I hope he is able to recover quickly from his injuries.

"I would also like to praise the quick response of Council officials who have secured the house in the short term before it is properly repaired," she added.

The area was closed to traffic for a time but has now been re-opened.

© UTV News
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